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ERIC Number: EJ1005844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
Developing a Framework for Research in Online K-12 Distance Education
Corry, Michael; Stella, Julie
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v13 n3 p133-151 2012
The long-term effect and influence of educational experiences on K-12 learners necessitates empirical research of innovations and discoveries in the field prior to their implementation in the classroom. Online distance education is such an innovation because demand and enthusiasm for its implementations continues to grow. However, more rigorous empirical research remains a commonly cited need by scholars in the field. A conceptual research framework, which could lead to the development of other theoretical frameworks, may advance the field of online K-12 distance education. In this article we propose a categorized conceptual research framework with 9 components: learners, teachers, materials, delivery, methodology, evaluation, administration, international, and history. A survey of current research provides the foundation for the framework categories. The categories lend structure to the framework allowing relationships among concepts to be defined and discovered as well as providing a direction for future research and investigations. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED559978