A design-based approach to experimental design: Investigating hypotheses about how framing influences transfer

Randi A. Engle, Sharla Roberts, Phi D. Nguyen, Pamela Yee, Pauline Huang, Adam Mendelson, Amy Stornaiuolo, Dor Abrahamson, Cynthia Coburn, David Hammer, Roy Pea, Jeremy Roschelle, Dan Schwartz

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Abstract

In this paper we present an approach to experimental design that is heavily influenced by practices from design-based research, illustrating it with our ongoing work to investigate hypotheses about how framing influences the transfer-of-learning. When one is interested in designing experiments that do not just test hypotheses about causal effects but also develop hypotheses about new kinds of causal mechanisms, we claim that it is particularly valuable to use the design-based research practices of iteratively designing new learning ecologies in particular contexts and creating explanatory accounts that coordinate multiple measures. Also, experimentally-inspired practices of comparing theoretically contrasting interventions in parallel and systematically streamlining designs to distinguish between critical and less critical design elements have promise for being usefully adapted within design-based research studies themselves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-231
Number of pages8
JournalComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
EventInternational Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a Learning World - 8th International Conference for the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2008 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 28 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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