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ERIC Number: EJ836918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1726
Design Research: A Socially Responsible Approach to Instructional Technology Research in Higher Education
Reeves, Thomas C.; Herrington, Jan; Oliver, Ron
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v16 n2 p96-115 Mar 2005
Design research has grown in importance since it was first conceptualized in the early 90s, but it has not been adopted for research in instructional technology in higher education to any great extent. Many researchers continue to conduct studies that principally seek to determine the effectiveness of the delivery medium, rather than the instructional strategies and tasks. This article explores the various incentives for conducting research on the impact of computing and other technologies in higher education, examines the social relevance of that research, and recommends design research as a particularly appropriate approach to socially responsible inquiry. A description of the characteristics of design research is given, together with an argument for the more widespread adoption of this approach to enhance the quality and usefulness of research in computers and other technologies in education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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