Psychology - Parisi claims - pays little attention to the cultural and relational aspects of learning and to the study of the use of technological artifacts as learn- ing facilitators. For these reasons it has difficulties to make contributions to the school activities. In recent years, however, in the field of the psychology of education, we have seen the development of theoretical models that consider the cultural dimension (e.g. the work of Bruner and Gardner) and the use of technology (such as in the case of the Community of Learners and Knowledge Building Community) in educational settings. However, these theoretical models rarely have been accepted within the school practice, especially for issues related to the research methods. We need to go beyond the use of methods oriented to make research activities "in" school, to point to a research that is actually "for" school. Particularly promising is today the methodological approach called "Design Based Research", which is characterized by the creation of multi-professional research teams, composed of researchers and teachers, and thus able to promote an effective dialogue between the research community and schools.
Keywords: Theoretical models, research methods, Design Based Research