The Design Principles Database as a Means for Promoting Design-Based Research

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From its early stages, design-based research (DBR) has had the vision of developing into a design science of education (Collins, 1992), in which critical elements in learning environments are explored systematically in terms of their effect on learning. Herbert Simon (1969) identified various professions, such as architecture, engineering, computer science, medicine, and education, with the sciences of the artificial, which Collins et al., (2004) refer to as design sciences. One of the approaches adopted by these fields is to gather and abstract designers’ experiences and research by creating collections of design principles or design patterns that synthesize each of these fields and can guide new designs. Some examples are from the areas of architecture (Alexander et al., 1977), information science (Tufte, 1983), and computer science (Gamma et al., 1995).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Design Research Methods in Education
Subtitle of host publicationInnovations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Learning and Teaching
EditorsAnthony E. Kelly, Richard A. Lesh, John Y. Baek
Place of PublicationMahwah, NJ
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315759593
ISBN (Print)9780805860580, 9781317639640
StatePublished - Jun 2008


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