On Formative and Design Experiments Approaches to Language and Literacy Research

ISBN-10: 0807748412
ISBN-13: 9780807748411
Edition: 2008
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 10/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

Formative and design experiments represent a methodology uniquely suited for educational research in general and literacy research in particular. Providing a practical overview of this emerging and promising approach, the authors address the following questions: What is the origin of formative and design experiments and how do they compare to other approaches to investigating interventions in classrooms? How do you conceptualize, plan, conduct, and report formative and design experiments? What practical, ethical, and methodological issues might be encountered when using this approach? What is the current status and future potential of this approach?

JoBeth Allen teaches in the language education department at the University of Georgia. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of progressive education and democratic pedagogy, and the implications for students who struggle as readers and writers.

From the NCRLL Editors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Are Formative and Design Experiments?
How do formative and design experiments fit into the methodological landscape and where did they come from?
What terms have been used to describe this approach to research?
What are the defining characteristics of formative and design experiments?
How do formative and design experiments compare with other approaches to investigating interventions in classrooms?
What is the origin of formative and design experiments?
Why are formative and design experiments needed and useful?
What kind of knowledge do formative and design experiments lay claim to creating and on what basis is that claim made?
Can the results of formative and design experiments be generalized?
What Are the Methods of Formative and Design Experiments?
What types of data are collected?
What are the goals of data collection?
What are standards for determining methodological rigor?
What methodological frameworks might be used to conceptualize, plan, conduct, and report formative and design experiments?
Foundational frameworks
Explicit frameworks
What practical, ethical, and methodological issues have we encountered in using this approach?
What stance should a researcher take in classrooms and working with teachers?
How do researchers find and set up an appropriate site for research?
Can a researcher also be the teacher in a formative or design experiment?
When should the intervention phase end?
How do the results of a formative or design experiment complement other approaches to research?
How do researchers deal with troubling information?
What Are Some Good Examples of Formative and Design Experiments?
Why is it difficult to find and to select good examples?
What studies illustrate the diversity of this approach?
How have instructional interventions been defined and implemented?
Is There a Formative or Design Experiment in Your Future?
What is the current status and future potential of this approach?
What challenges and obstacles constrain the future of this approach?
What are the key advantages arguing for continued and expanded use?
Who should consider conducting a formative or design experiment?
What do we think about formative and design experiments after writing this book?
References
Index
About the Authors

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