ERIC Number: ED448172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Informatics as a Field of Study in Education: A Needs Assessment and Research Agenda.
Stewart, Robert G.
Information has long been an essential in conducting human affairs, but it is surprising that informatics (information science) has not been established as a field of study within education. This paper attempts to formalize educational informatics through a needs assessment approach and to outline a research agenda. The four needs considered are justification, definition, differentiation, and organization. These areas must be defined and developed to sustain informatics as a field within education. With regard to research, eight areas are identified as starting points for detail and expansion: (1) access/equity; (2) learning; (3) dissemination; (4) processing; (5) professional development; (6) services/networks; (7) users/seekers; and (8) retrieval. These areas do not encompass all research opportunities, but they are offered as starting points. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (28th, Bowling Green, KY, November 14-17, 2000).