A Framework for Establishing Research Themes in Educational Technology

Dr. Richard Pollard,
Constance Pollard
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The most recent report on the National Educational Technology Plan (U.S. Department of Education, 2000) states that, "There is a pressing need for a high-quality, long-term national agenda for collecting, analyzing and disseminating information on the use and effectiveness of technology in education" (p.44). In fact, one of the five goals outlined in the national plan is to provide "research and evaluation activities that will improve the next generation of technology applications for teaching and learning" (p.4).

The call for research in educational technology is clearly evident, but there is a need for a framework for that research. This presentation reports on the results of a national study that was conducted to provide guidance for the development of an educational technology research agenda.

The study, utilizing the Delphi technique, was undertaken to identify, categorize and prioritize research needs that should be addressed in educational technology over the next five years. A Delphi panel of 30 educational technology experts throughout the United States was formed to generate, discuss and rate research priorities in educational technology. This e-research (Anderson and Kanuka, 2003) study featured a three-round Delphi process completed via the Internet.

Keywords: Research, Education Technology, Delphi Study
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Framework for Establishing Research Themes in Educational Technology, A

Dr. Richard Pollard

Professor, Division of Teaching, Learning and Leadership, College of Education, University of Idaho

Constance Pollard

Professor, Department of Educational Technology, Boise State University

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