ERIC Number: ED452819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Convergent Analysis: A Method for Extracting the Value from Research Studies on Technology in Education.
Norris, Cathleen; Smolka, Jennifer; Soloway, Elliot
The objective of this paper is to present a method for extracting value from the research literature that should benefit educational practitioners. This method, called Convergent Analysis (CA), comprises the following steps. First, this focused question must be posed whose answer can benefit educational practitioners: under what conditions do computers lead to increased student achievement? Second, the empirical studies in the literature need to be reviewed and put into a standardized format. Third, all the studies in that standardized format should be looked at in order to compare and contrast the issues in each study. This paper highlights the steps of the CA process and provides examples of the "nuggets of wisdom" extracted from the literature on writing education and technology using the CA method. Issues and tools needing future research and development are then identified. Finally, curricular, instructional, and infrastructural issues are identified. (Contains 17 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Uses in Education, Convergent Thinking, Educational Development, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Research and Development, Research Methodology, Research Needs
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/technology/1999/whitepapers.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: The Secretary's Conference on Educational Technology, 1999: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology. [Proceedings] (Washington, D.C., July 12-13, 1999); see IR 020 654.