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: EDULEARN14: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies; 07-09 Jul 2014, Barcelona, Spain.

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Abstract

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 (Paper)
Event Title: EDULEARN14: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Organising Body: International Academy of Technology, Education and Development
Additional Information: This paper was published in EDULEARN14 Proceedings, 2014, pp.5397-5404. ISSN: 2340-1117.
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning; research methods; teaching; evidence; innovations; technology
Research Area: Education
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Interdepartmental and Cross-Faculty Research Groups and Centres > Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP)
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Depositing User: Simon Collins
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 08:44
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 08:44
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/33223

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