ERIC Number: ED437889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Applied Research in Technology Programs: A Working Draft.
Foster, W. Tad
This study of graduate student research at the doctoral level in four educational disciplines industrial engineering, industrial technology, mechanical engineering, and business administration undertook to determine the type of research (basic or applied) used in the student research, the research methods used, and the topics of research. The data were collected by Dissertation Abstracts International, with a random sample of at least 50 studies in each discipline. A total of 246 studies were analyzed. The data show that the majority of the studies were applied in nature, with a great degree of variation in the methods used and topics considered. The study also finds a body of knowledge and research connected to applications. The seven tables include an analysis of dissertations by research method; list keywords used to describe the studies; list the dissertation topics in the four disciplines; and list recent dissertation topics at a Midwestern doctoral-granting university. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Mississippi Valley Technology Teacher Education Conference (86th, St. Louis, MO, November 5-6,1999).