1st Edition

Design Research in Education A Practical Guide for Early Career Researchers

By Arthur Bakker Copyright 2019
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    Design Research in Education is a practical guide containing all the information required to begin a design research project. Providing an accessible background to the methodological approaches used in design research as well as addressing all the potential issues that early career researchers will encounter, the book uniquely helps the early career researcher to gain a full overview of design research and the practical skills needed to get their project off the ground. Based on extensive experience, the book also contains multiple examples of design research from both undergraduate and postgraduate students, to demonstrate possible projects to the reader.

    With easy to follow chapters and accessible question and response sections, Design Research in Education contains practical advice on a wide range of topics related to design research projects including:

    • The theory of design research, what it entails, and when it is suitable
    • The formulation of research questions
    • How to structure a research project
    • The quality of research and the methodological issues of validity and reliability
    • How to write up your research
    • The supervision of design research.

    Through its theoretical grounding and practical advice, Design Research in Education is the ideal introduction into the field of design based research and is essential reading for bachelor's, master's and PhD students new to the field, as well as to supervisors overseeing projects that use design research.

    Part 1: Theory and Practice  Chapter 1: What is Design Research in Education  Chapter 2: History of Design Research in Education Intermezzo 1: A Fictive Dialogue between two Research Approaches  Chapter 3: Design Principles, Conjecture Mapping, and Hypothetical Learning Trajectories  Chapter 4: Research Questions in Design Research  Chapter 5: Research Quality in Design Research  Chapter 6: Argumentative Grammars used in Design Research  Chapter 7: Writing an Empirical Design Research Paper  Chapter 8: Supervising Design Research in Education Part 2: Examples  Chapter 9: Teaching Design Research as a Case of Cultivating a Community of Professional Practice  Chapter 10: ‘Harvesting’ Ecosystem Dynamics Through a Computational Model of a Garden  Chapter 11: Giant Steps for Algebra  Chapter 12: Explicit Oral and Written Reasoning During Science Argumentation  Chapter 13: An Embodied Approach to Derivatives  Chapter 14: Building Bridges: Uniting Students, Researchers, and Teachers to Improve a Course  Chapter 15: Easy Equilibrium: Discovery in an Introductory Chemistry Course  Chapter 16: Rearview Mirrors for the "Expert Blind Spot": Usign Design to Access Surgeons’ Tacit Knowledge and Create Shared Referents for Teaching  Chapter 17: Children’s Reasoning about Animal Lifecycles: Tradeoffs Across Four Different Designs  Chapter 18: Linking Design and Theory: Using Conjecture Maps to Focus the Design Research Process in Art Education  Chapter 19: Literary Education with Narrative Digital Games: From Formulating Research Equestions to Capturing the Design Rationale  Chapter 20: From Implementer to Co-Designer: A Teacher’s Changing Role in a Design Research Project  Chapter 21: Using Hypothetical Learning Trajectories in Design Research  Chapter 22: Reflection and Wish List


    Arthur Bakker is a Fellow at the University of Bremen, Germany, and an Associate Professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

    Arthur Bakker’s clear logic helps to cut through the many questions and confusions that persist about DBR. This book offers an invaluable contribution to the literature by making DBR more accessible to research students and their supervisors.

    Rupert Wegerif, Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge

    This book offers not only clear guidance about essentials of design research for novices, but also stimulating food for thought for experienced colleagues.

    Jan Van den Akker, Professor Emeritus at the University of Twente, Netherlands; former Director of SLO, Netherlands institute for Curriculum Development

    Arthur is a careful and thorough researcher who writes clearly. In writing his book, he interviewed leading DBR researchers and scholars and shared draft chapters for feedback. I was honored to be one of them. I recommend it for your consideration.

    David Reinking, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy at the University of Georgia

    This is a compellingly crafted volume that does much to clarify and organize the wide range of research approaches described as design research. Although the volume was written primarily to guide early career researchers, its thoughtful and occasionally provocative handling of issues, which all design researchers confront, make it imperative reading for newcomers to design research and more experienced practitioners alike.

    Richard Lehrer, Professor Emeritus Department of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University, USA


    Design Research in Education offers an accessible introduction to the essentials of design research. Geared specifically towards junior researchers, the book succeeds in providing a timely contribution to this still developing field in a way that will be of interest to experienced researchers also. Arthur Bakker has conducted an impressive amount of research in the process of writing this book: he refers to interviews and personal communications with many, perhaps most, of the leading figures from the education design research community. The considerable amount of literature cited at the end of every chapter means that this book offers one of the most comprehensive reviews of extant work on educational design research.

    Rupert Wegerif and Louis Major, Educational Design Research