Describing a design pattern: Why is it not enough to identify patterns in educational design?
Christian Voigt, Paula M.C. Swatman
In this paper we analyse the use of patterns across a number of fields including architecture, software development and educational technology design. Focusing on the reusability of a pattern outside its area of development, we have identified several issues related to the context and the value system of a pattern. The paper draws together lessons learned from different fields where patterns are already used and described. We conclude with a recommendation of pattern descriptors and guidelines which improve their applicability in varying value systems.
Keywords: design patterns, pattern format, design complexity, research and design values