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ERIC Number: ED267799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Emerging Trends in Educational Technology Research.
Winn, Bill
This examination of the topic of research in educational technology addresses four major areas: (1) why research is conducted in this area and the characteristics of that research; (2) the types of research questions that should or should not be addressed; (3) the most appropriate methodologies for finding answers to research questions; and (4) the characteristics of a research report that make it "good" and ultimately suitable for publication. The most important type of research for educational technologists to conduct is that which solves practical problems for contexts in which the complexity of the real world has not been controlled as it is in experimental research. Three aspects of this kind of research need to be considered: the development and validation of procedures for conducting decision-oriented research, methods of studying complex systems without having to dismember them, and the need to treat instructional development projects very seriously as case studies. Whatever methodology is used to conduct research, it must be applied with discipline and rigor. Given the eclectic nature of research questions in the discipline, a whole battery of methods--both qualitative and quantitative--should be used for investigation. Future trends in methodology in educational technology will follow the trends of educational research in general, i.e., more non-experimental studies will be conducted. Suggestions for successful publication of research efforts and a list of references complete the document. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A