Educational Technology Research and Development

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 57–66

Current progress and future directions for research in instructional technology

  • Richard E. Clark

DOI: 10.1007/BF02299046

Cite this article as:
Clark, R.E. ETR&D (1989) 37: 57. doi:10.1007/BF02299046


Two perspectives on the status of current research are offered: (1) In the past 15 years, the field has made extraordinary advances in the technical excellence of research studies, and yet (2) our analytical investment at the front end of research planning has not kept pace. An analysis of present problems is accompanied by two suggestions for future developments in instructional technology research: (1) we need to go beyond descriptive research methods and adoptprescriptive research methodology; and (2) researchers should seek broader and deeper knowledge of previous research in both instructional design and development before they conduct studies.

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© Association for Educational Communications and Technology 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles