Design rule

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1 Definition

  • A design rule is a theory on how to build things an artefact of a given kind. (Note DSchneider is not sure whether we should use singular or plural for a set of several connected rules ...)
  • "A technological rule: an instruction is defined as a chunk of general knowledge, linking an intervention or artifact with a desired outcome or performance in a certain field of application". Bunge (quoted by Järvinen:99)
  • Synomyms: technological rule, design principle

See also: design science, design-based research

2 Design rules in educational technology

In our opinion (DSchneider), the design rule should be the focal point of action-research oriented research designs like design-based research. Therefore we need some clear guidelines on:

  • how to create design rules
  • how to implement design rules
  • how to test design rules

.... and how to to combine these within iterative, user-centered research and development approaches.


3 References

Pertti Järvinen: On Research Methods. Tampere: Opinpajan Kirja, ISBN 952-99233-1-7