Design-based research – issues in connecting theory, research and practice

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During the last 20 years, design-based research (DBR) has become a popular methodology for connecting educational theory, research and practice. The missing link between educational theory, research and educational practice is an ongoing issue and DBR is seen as an integrated methodology to bridge the gap. But is this as easy as it sounds? The purpose of the article is to identify and discuss issues involved in applying DBR. The article is based on methodology chapters and essays from three PhD studies applying the DBR framework to implement problem and project based learning (PBL). The findings indicate several key issues at both the scientific and personal level. Scientifically, the main issues are contribution to theory and the role of the researcher. At the personal level, it is an investment beyond normal research procedures to involve yourself as a researcher in curriculum change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in Engineering Education Symposium 2015 13-15 July 2015 Aungier St., Dublin Institute of Technology
Number of pages8
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventResearch in Engineering Education Symposium - Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 13 Jul 201515 Jul 2015
Conference number: 6


ConferenceResearch in Engineering Education Symposium
LocationDublin Institute of Technology


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