Examining some assumptions and limitations of research on the effects of emerging technologies for teaching and learning in higher education

Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda (2013) Examining some assumptions and limitations of research on the effects of emerging technologies for teaching and learning in higher education. British Journal of Educational Technology, 44(4), pp. 536-543. ISSN (print) 0007-1013

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Abstract

This article examines assumptions and beliefs underpinning research into educational technology. It critically reviews some approaches used to investigate the impact of technologies for teaching and learning. It focuses on comparative studies, performance comparisons and attitudinal studies to illustrate how under-examined assumptions lead to questionable findings. The extent to which it is possible to substantiate some of the claims made about the impact of technologies on the basis of these approaches and methods is questioned. We contend researchers should ensure that they acknowledge underlying assumptions and the limitations imposed by the approach adopted in order to appropriately interpret findings.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Emerging Technologies and Transformation Effect on Pedagogy
Research Area: Education
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Interdepartmental and Cross-Faculty Research Groups and Centres
Services and Administration
Depositing User: Simon Collins
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2015 16:32
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2015 16:32
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/33231

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