Design-based pedagogy: a heuristic for developing math and science teachers' professional practice

Adam Devitt, Catherine Milne

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Design-based pedagogy is both a heuristic and epistemology for re-positioning teachers as intellectual designers. Rather than implement pre-packaged curricula or textbooks, teachers engage in the beginning stages of lesson planning, implement instructional practices, and reflect on practice for advancing their own professional learning. Following a summer workshop where teachers learned to integrate LEGO robotics into their lessons, we applied an adaptation of Donald Schön's “professional practice” to analyze and articulate the value of teachers' professional work. Our research finds that when teachers design lessons from conception, they make needed adjustments to better educate traditionally marginalized students and advance their own professional knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186299
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Critical pedagogy
  • Design-based pedagogy
  • Engineering
  • Middle school math and science
  • Phenomenology
  • Robotics
  • STEM lessons
  • Teacher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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