ERIC Number: ED258562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
On Conceptualizing Research Methodologies for Computer-Based Instruction.
This paper suggests that considering fundamental issues in educational research may help researchers conceptualize more productive research methodologies for computer based instruction (CBI). Inconsistent findings and methodological shortcomings in media research, including CBI, raise the possibility that current research methodologies may be inadequate to significantly enhance our understanding of CBI. The purpose of this document is to highlight a set of conceptual and methodological considerations which may be relevant to a comparison of goodness of fit between research methodology and the types of questions for which researchers seek answers. An examination of these issues leads to specific recommendations for conceptualizing and conducting experiments involving the computer in instruction. Specific recommendations are discussed in the following categories: moving towards theory building, expanding research methodologies, and setting priorities for applied research. The need for inclusion of each category is explained and justified, and some common misconceptions about each are allayed. A list of references is included. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference of the Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instructional Systems (26th, Philadelphia, PA, March 25-28, 1985). For the complete conference proceedings, see IR 011 716. Best copy available.