Formative Experiments & Design-Based Research 


  • To serve the needs and promote the interests of LRA members invested informative experiments (FE) and design-based research (DBR) as a
  • methodological approach to literacy research.
  • To create a supportive, dialogic community of researchers confronting problems, issues, and challenges related to this approach and who wish to share their successes and failures, thus increasing collective wisdom and developing a network of resources.
  • To clarify the parameters of this approach toward developing useful frameworks for conceptualizing, planning, conducting, and reporting FE and DBR.
  • To develop and promote standards of rigor for designing FE and DBR and in collecting and analyzing data.
  • To promote discussions about the fundamental purposes of literacy research, particularly the relation between research, practice, and the enhancement of human well-being. 

Chair - 2017 - 2020
Jamie Colwell
Old Dominion University
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Liaison - 2017 - 2020
Karen Wohlwend
Indiana University - Bloomington
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Secretary - 2017 - 2020
Emily Howell
Clemson University
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Committee Members:

Megan Adams ([email protected])
Barbara Bradley ([email protected])
Jamie Colwell ([email protected])
Michael Manderino ([email protected])
David Reinking ([email protected])
Jennifer Schneider ([email protected])