Researcher training in Designed Action Sampling (DAS)

– Learn a new powerful research method together with a strong community of change-makers – both scholars and learning developers
– This method allows you to understand the underlying root causes of people’s behaviour, especially during periods of change
– Written reflections make learning and personal development visible in a powerful yet simple way – you get to see inside people’s minds

12 months training in Designed Action Sampling with researcher Martin Lackéus

This training gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in the research method Designed Action Sampling (DAS) – a new research method that has been widely used in Sweden by around 4,000 teachers and educational developers, together with some 36,000 students. Teachers or researchers co-design action-oriented step-wise experiments that are then carried out by other teachers, or by students, who reflect in written form afterwards upon effects they see. This results in high-quality data on cause-effect patterns. This methodology combines strengths from action research, design science, experience sampling and critical realism.

👉 The research method

Designed action sampling consists of the following five steps:

  • Design. A smaller group of educational developers (teachers, principals, researchers, support staff or a combination) co-designs a set of action-oriented pedagogical tasks for many other teachers, or for students.
  • Action. A larger group of other teachers, or students, carry out the action tasks in class, to see how it works for them.
  • Sampling. After each action task is completed, each teacher or student produces a short written reflection and a quantification around learning and effects observed.
  • Discussion. The development team reads and comments back on each reflection, in real-time as the experiment unfolds, potentially triggering further reflection.
  • Analysis. A summary of all reflections, comments and quantifications is collectively analyzed by all teachers involved, and possibly also by students, facilitated by the educational developers.

Designed Action Sampling is described in a recent book in Swedish, which will be translated in due time for the international start for this training. There is also a research article in English about DAS. It is currently in review, and can be provided to people interested in this training.

👉 Some possible applications

Designed Action Sampling has been used for many different purposes, in education as well as in working life, and for researchers as well as for practitioners. A common denominator is that the methodology helps make learning visible, and that it can empower social science endeavours. Whenever human learning is a key component of a scholarly or practical purpose, the method can be useful. Some organisational applications of DAS seen so far, involving employees (such as teachers), include:

  • Strengthen employees’ skills development by weaving it into their everyday worklife and scientifically monitoring its effects
  • Replace employee surveys with digital trustful manager-employee dialogues
  • Follow group learning in a collective form with a scientific methodology
  • Conduct social experiments with customers to better understand value creation processes
  • Quality improvement by scrapping some internal reports and replace with reflection-based collective analysis

Some educational applications of DAS seen so far, involving students, include:

  • Facilitate entrepreneurial pedagogy from preschool through primary / secondary school to university level
  • Support reflective assessment in action-based education such as vocational education / training (VET)
  • Help teachers who work with work-integrated learning as a key part of their pedagogical approach

👉 The training

In this training, you get to practice designing and implementing research projects based on this methodology, as well as supervising groups of teachers and/or students in a scientifically robust way.

– > After completed training, you can lead your organisation’s work with Designed Action Sampling.

The entire training takes place continuously over 12 months, through six workshops, read more about each session in separate tab above. In order to participate you must be able to set aside at least 1 hour a week for your own professional development. It is an advantage if you are two or more people from the same organization participating. The maximum number for this training round is 10 people.

👉 Coaching

Coaching with reading references and assignments will be provided via the IT tool LoopMe. Individual digital feedback is provided on your reflections after completed assignments. Support is available for writing an article based on LoopMe data, if you wish to do so.

👉 Community

Participants in this training are all engaged change-makers who share a passion for innovative development of research and education / learning. A strong emphasis in this training is therefore put on participants getting to know each other, working together at the workshops and also (if time allows) between workshops, thereby sharing experiences and insights with each other. This builds up a strong community of action research scholars and learning-oriented change-makers who help each other to succeed in a broad variety of contexts.

👉 Certificate

All participants who have completed the training receive a certificate via Me Analytics, as well as a digital badge to display on social media.

👉 Cost

EUR 950, excluding VAT, per participant.

Note! In order for this training to be carried out, it is required that all 10 places are filled.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain expert knowledge about how you can strengthen your organization’s development capacity with a new and powerful scientific methodology.

👉 Six digital half-day workshops

The training includes six half-day workshops via digital link. The six workshops focus on:

First semester

Workshop 1: Intro, expectations and form your research question
Workshop 2: How is a “good” action-oriented assignment built for colleagues/students to carry out?
Workshop 3: All participants present their intended task and tag design

Second semester

Workshop 4: How has it gone so far to follow the participants’ learning? How do we collect GOOD data?
Workshop 5: How do we do a good data analysis of our collected data from our participants?
Workshop 6: Final presentation and discussion of the overall outcome of what we learned!

👉 Literature

  • The book “The scientific teacher” written by Martin Lackéus (published by major Swedish publisher Studentlitteratur in 2021). This book was originally written in Swedish for teachers who want to work more scientifically in their teaching development, but the principles and methods are applicable to any research endeavour. An English translation of this book will be provided to the participants.
  • A bibliography with selected research and development articles

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Researcher training in Designed Action Sampling (DAS)

Participants so far

In autumn 2023, this training will be given for the first time in English. The first training of this kind started in the autumn 2022, and was in Swedish. The format of this training has so far had around 50 participants from the organisations outlined below. The overall reception has been very positive, which is why we will now translate the format into English for an international community.

Informal learning

Sweden radio
JM Bygg
Interim Academy

Formal learning

Luleå University of Technology
Linnaeus University
Åstorp municipality
Hässlelholm municipality
Uddevalla municipality
The Frida schools
New School
Borlänge municipality
Lärande i Sverige
Falkenberg municipality
Växjö municipality
Haninge municipality
Kävlinge municipality
Mölndal municipality
Stockholm city
Campus Varberg