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Design experiments

Design experiments are implied in the new research methods textbook: Wheeldon, J. & Ahlberg, M. 2011 Visualizing Social Science Research: Maps, Methods, & Meaning. London: SAGE. (ISBN: 9781412991049).
(1) http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book235388
(2) http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Awheeldon%20ahlberg&page=1

I have developed with my students design experiments for integrating research and practice of education: The best available theories and best available practices are continually integrated to promote pupils' and students' learning. We have often used improved concept maps and improved Vee heuristics in our design experiments (e.g. Äänismaa 2002, Åhlberg & Ahoranta 2002). I have developed three practical and theoretically sound new quality tools (Improved Concept Mapping, Improved Vee Heuristics and ARRA or Analysis of Reasoning, Rhetorics and Argumentation ) to promote also use of design experiments.

I have found the following sources useful for planning design experiments: Brown 1992, Brown & Campionen 1996, Kelly 2003, Shavelson & al. 2003 and The Design-Based Research Collective 2003.


Äänismaa, P. 2002. Ympäristökasvatusta kehittämässä kotitalousopettajien koulutuksessa. PhD Dissertation. University of Joensuu. Publications in Education 74.

Åhlberg, M. & Ahoranta, V. 2002. Two improved educational theory based tools to monitor and promote quality of geographical education and learning. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 11(2), 119 - 137.

Brown, A. 1992. Design experiments: Theoretical and methodological challenges in creating complex interventions in classroom settings. The Journal of the Learning Sciences 2(2), 141 - 178.

Brown, A. & Campione, J. 1996. Psychological theory and the design of innovative learning environments. On procedures, principles and systems. In Schauble, L & Glaser, R. (Eds.) Innovations in learning. New environments for education. Mahwaw, N. J:: Lawrence Erlbaum, 289 - 325.

Kelly, A. 2003. Research as design. Educational Researcher 32(1), 3 - 4.

Shavelson., R. Phillpis, D., Townw, L. & Feuer, M. 2003. On the science of education design studies. Educational Researcher 32(1), 25 - 28.

The Design-Based Research Collective. 2003. Design-Based Research: An emerging paradigm for educational inquiry. Educational Researcher 32(1), 5 - 8.


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