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Abstract Title: From rich points to research questions: A design-based research approach
Abstract: Design based research assumes a complex learning system and allows for researching cognition in context. Such research designs involve systematically observing and understanding learning while also designing curriculum, pedagogy, or contexts. The goal of design-based research is not to improve a specific context (though it may do so); the goal is to contribute to models and theories of how learners think. In our work, we create curricular modules based on research and then observe the curriculum in practice, paying special attention to instances when what happens in the classroom deviates from what we anticipate. We call these "rich points" after Agar's work (2000). Such events may indicate that elementary school students misinterpreted the activity goals (a local problem) or struggled to complete tasks we expect to be trivial (which may have implications for how children learn). Identifying such events through observations and discussion uncover new research questions and directions.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Building research questions from observational data

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Danielle B. Harlow
University of California, Santa Barbara
and Co-Presenter(s)
Alexandria K. Hansen, University of California, Santa Barbara