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ERIC Number: ED279301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-24
Educational Technology Research: A Status Report on Classroom Applications.
Ely, Donald P.
Pointing out that most educational research conducted is related to development (i.e., practical answers to problems which face teachers and learners), this paper reviews the contributions of educational media and technology research as it applies to instruction and assesses the current status of research in this area. Earlier interpretations and popular misconceptions of the role of educational technology are reviewed, five distinct periods of educational media and technology research are identified, and the following questions associated with each period are discussed: (1) whether it works; (2) how well it works; (3) the conditions under which it works; (4) the types of learners it works with; and (5) the conditions under which different types of learners achieve various objectives, which seems to be the current research focus. Changing emphases in educational media and technology research are noted, as well as the importance of asking the "right" research questions. Criteria for determining the potential utility of research findings are summarized and findings of prior research that are generalizable to the design and development of instruction are highlighted. A list of some specific areas where research is needed and a look at some trends that may build on those that are currently developing within the field conclude the paper. A 19-item bibliography is provided. (DJR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at EDUTEC '86, the All Japan Annual Educational Technology Research Conference (12th, Tokyo, Japan, October 25-27, 1986).