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Educational Technology Research and Development

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 7-18

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Perspectives on educational technology research and development

  • Norman HigginsAffiliated withthe College of Education, Arizona State University
  • , Howard SullivanAffiliated withthe College of Education, Arizona State University
  • , Maria Harper-MarinickAffiliated withthe College of Education, Arizona State University
  • , Cecilia LópezAffiliated withthe College of Education, Arizona State University

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Abstract

This is the introductory article for the first issue ofEducational Technology Research and Development (ETR&D). The authors review the issues and process that led to the decision by the AECT Executive Board to co-publishEducational Communication and Technology Journal (ECTJ) and theJournal of Instructional Development (JID) in a new journal. The results of analyses of ECTJ and JID by Schwen and Middendorf (1987) and Dick and Dick (1989) are briefly summarized. The authors then report their own survey of AECT members to determine the topics and types of articles the members would prefer to read in ETR&D. Member preferences are compared with the actual content of the last ten issues of ECTJ and JID. Finally, the authors briefly discuss their own perspectives on ETR&D.