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Stephen Downes

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This is a really interesting report (40 page PDF) from a working meeting on component-based research (CBR) in education. "CBR unpacks innovation elements into precisely described parts... educational innovations are composed of 'components' that can be studied alone or in groups." The work is broken down into four groups: nomenclature, databases, research methodologies, and data applications. The contributors manage to avoid many of the pitfalls of similar projects: for example, they're not bound to a specific definition of outcomes and accept that there may be different research methodologies (which, true to form, they suggest should also be represented as components). But you can feel the tension between the desire for consensus or something generalizable and the complex nature of the educational domain.

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