What We Know about Research in Instructional Technology: Interviews with Research Leaders
Selected Research and Development Presentations at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division,
Instructional Research Online (InTRO) was established in 1994 as a repository of research papers, media, and other artifacts related to research in instructional technology. The World Wide Web site (http://intro.base.org) includes sections on reviews of books and media, original research, links to resources in instructional technology, and interviews with research leaders. This paper identifies and reports on an analysis of the published interviews. This analysis represents what was said during the course of the interviews; it is a synthesis of comments, suggestions, and other important points made by the interviewees. Highlights include: (1) how to identify a research problem or question, including gaining confidence, reviewing the literature, and finding questions in real world environments; (2) the relationship between research and development, including blurring boundaries between work interests and research interests, connecting research and practice, and finding interesting projects; (3) choosing a mentor, including the role of the mentor and apprentice; (4) research methodology, including qualitative versus quantitative research, research traditions, and mixed methods; and (5) disseminating research, including the research agenda, writing research, conferences, and journals. (AEF)
Jones, M.G., Surry, D.W., Harmon, S.W., Land, S. & Farquhar, J.D. (1998). What We Know about Research in Instructional Technology: Interviews with Research Leaders. Presented at Selected Research and Development Presentations at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division 1998.