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MSPnet Academy Discussion
November 20 - December 4, 2013

William Penuel, Professor of Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education
Barry Fishman, Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Michigan School of Education and also the School of Information

Design-based Implementation Research: Working in Partnership(s) to Transform the Relationship of Research and Practice

Overview: Producing credible research that employs rigorous methodologies to evaluate interventions is important, but not sufficient to transform teaching and learning at scale. Research must also be relevant, usable, and inform ongoing efforts to improve systems. Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR) is an emerging approach to research that combines learning sciences and policy research methods and perspectives to address persistent problems of practice, particularly related to implementation. In this talk, we will define DBIR, describe its key principles, and present examples of DBIR from our own research. In addition, we will identify key opportunities and challenges to developing DBIR as an interdisciplinary approach to research on interventions for learning that support systemic change.

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Thank you for participating in the webinar - let's continue the conversation.

posted by: Barry Fishman on 11/20/2013 3:05 pm

Bill and I were pleased to see such broad participation in the webinar on DBIR today. We'll be here with you for the next few weeks to answer your questions and continue the discussion.



P.S. If we missed your question during the live webinar, please be sure to post it here!

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posted by: William Penuel on 11/20/2013 4:12 pm

Please, keep the questions coming, too, and let's try and answer them together.

We really were excited by the level of participation and great questions so far.


links to articles

posted by: Wendy Smith on 11/21/2013 10:48 am

You posted several links to articles in the chat pod during the webinar. I was planning to follow those links after the webinar, but then the webinar/adobe connect was closed before I had a chance to do so. I am involved both in drafting a REAL proposal and with a group who think NIC is the best way to do research, so I am very interested to see what you both have written about DBIR. Thanks!

references and links from chat pod

posted by: Kimberly Descoteaux on 11/21/2013 11:16 am

Here are the links and references from the chat pod:

Penuel, W. R., & Fishman, B. (2012). Large-scale science education intervention research we can use. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 49(3), 281-304. doi:10.1002/tea.21001 ts/research-practice-partnerships-a-strategy-for-leveraging-research-f or-educational-improvement-in-school-districts

There are other references and links within the slides, which are available here: df

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Negotiating Project Goals

posted by: Bob Midden on 11/24/2013 5:50 pm

You explained that DBIR requires negotiating the project goals, including perhaps the research questions, with all of the project participants. But at one point it sounded as if you were saying that it is not necessary to achieve full agreement on one set of goals or research questions. Did I hear that correctly? Were you saying that perhaps a project could have some goals that are more important to the researchers and some goals that are more important to the practitioners but that there should be a set of goals that encompasses what is important to all participants. Or is it actually important that everyone involved in the project feels fully committed to each and every one of the project goals?

Negotiating Project Goals - Complete agreement is unlikely

posted by: Barry Fishman on 11/25/2013 5:18 pm

Hi Bob,

That's a good issue to follow up on. I can't recall precisely what either Bill or I said on this point (it is in the recording if someone wants to dig it out!), but the general points is that is is difficult to get two groups coming from different perspectives to agree on *everything*. So you are always looking for the points of overlap and compromise. Having goals that are held by one group exclusively is just fine, so long as those goals don't countermand or override the shared goals in the work that bind the two groups together. This is the general principle of a negotiation.

Negotiating Project Goals

posted by: William Penuel on 12/3/2013 12:08 pm

Bob, it's definitely useful to have agreement on some goals that everyone agrees is important. But there doesn't need (and it's not realistic to expect) agreement on all the goals, and even for goals of shared importance, people may have differences in views about WHY they are important.