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Improving quality and validity in research and evaluation studies of learning technologies

Kirkwood, A. and Price, L. (2014). Improving quality and validity in research and evaluation studies of learning technologies. In: EDULEARN 14 Proceedings: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, IATED Academy, pp. 5397–5404.

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A critical reading of research literature relating to teaching and learning with technology in higher education reveals a number of shortcomings in how investigations are conceptualised, conducted and reported. Projects often lack clarity about the nature of the enhancement that technology is intended to bring about. Frequently there is no explicit discussion of assumptions and beliefs that underpin research studies and the approaches used to investigate the educational impact of technologies. This presentation summarises a number of the weaknesses identified in published studies and considers the implications. Some ways in which these limitations could be avoided through a more rigorous approach to undertaking research and evaluation studies are then outlined and discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 IATED
ISBN: 84-617-0557-2, 978-84-617-0557-3
Keywords: learning; research methods; teaching; evidence; innovations; technology
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 40562
Depositing User: Adrian Kirkwood
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 14:26
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 18:33
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