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Design-Based Research: Is This a Suitable Methodology for Short-Term Projects?


Educational Media International Volume 53, Number 1, ISSN 0952-3987


This article reports on a design-based methodology of a thesis in which a fully face-to-face contact module was converted into a blended learning course. The purpose of the article is to report on how design-based phases, in the form of micro-, meso- and macro-cycles were applied to improve practice and to generate design principles. Design-based research traditionally is associated with multiple iterations of design, development and revision over a long period of time. This challenges the idea of design-based research being an appropriate methodology for a short-term thesis or dissertation. We argue that graduate students who are limited by time constraints can also conduct educational design-based research as long as the relevant phases are followed, which can produce significant, appropriate and effective design principles. This article suggests that the scope of design-based research should not be limited to long-term projects only, which restricts the value of implementing this methodology to improve practice.


Pool, J. & Laubscher, D. (2016). Design-Based Research: Is This a Suitable Methodology for Short-Term Projects?. Educational Media International, 53(1), 42-52. Retrieved November 15, 2019 from .

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