ERIC Number: EJ970900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 0
Scientific Research: How Many Paradigms?
Strawn, George O.
EDUCAUSE Review, v47 n3 p26-28, 30-32, 34 May-Jun 2012
As Yogi Berra said, "Predictions are hard, especially about the future." In this article, the author offers a few forward-looking observations about the emerging impact of information technology on scientific research. Scientific research refers to a particular method for acquiring knowledge about natural phenomena. This method has two dimensions: one of "observation and experimentation" and one of "description and explanation." The author explores these two questions: (1) Are some of the current uses of information technology in scientific research redefining traditional scientific research?; and (2) Has the computer revolution produced a "new renaissance," one that has resulted in the creation of additional, new paradigms of science? (Contains 8 notes.)
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Information Technology, Influence of Technology, Research Opportunities, Technology Uses in Education, Observation, Science Experiments, Innovation, Institutional Advancement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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