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ERIC Number: EJ901059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
Developments and Trends in Synthesizing Diverse Forms of Evidence: Beyond Comparisons between Distance Education and Classroom Instruction
Bethel, Edward C.; Bernard, Robert M.
Distance Education, v31 n3 p231-256 Nov 2010
This paper describes a range of models and methods for synthesizing diverse forms of research evidence. Although this topic is applicable to many contexts (e.g. education, health care), the focus here is on the research traditions of distance education and online learning. Thirteen models and methods are described, and seven examples from distance education and online learning are used to illustrate them. The models are classified as systematic, purposeful, and mixed and are described and compared in terms of purpose, methodological aspects, and expected outcomes. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A