Linking theory to practice in learning technology research

Gunn, Cathy and Steel, Caroline (2012) Linking theory to practice in learning technology research. Research in Learning Technologies, 20 2: 16148.1-16148.14. doi:10.3402/rlt.v20i0.16148

Author Gunn, Cathy
Steel, Caroline
Title Linking theory to practice in learning technology research
Journal name Research in Learning Technologies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2156-7077
Publication date 2012-03-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3402/rlt.v20i0.16148
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 16148.1
End page 16148.14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Jaerfaella, Sweden
Publisher Co-Action Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract We present a case to reposition theory so that it plays a pivotal role in learning technology research and helps to build an ecology of learning. To support the case, we present a critique of current practice based on a review of articles published in two leading international journals from 2005 to 2010. Our study reveals that theory features only incidentally or not at all in many cases. We propose theory development as a unifying theme for learning technology research study design and reporting. The use of learning design as a strategy to develop and test theories in practice is integral to our argument. We conclude by supporting other researchers who recommend educational design research as a theory focused methodology to move the field forward in productive and consistent ways. The challenge of changing common practice will be involved. However, the potential to raise the profile of learning technology research and improve educational outcomes justifies the effort required.
Keyword Research methodology
Educational design research
Educational theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article # 16148

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Publications
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