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International Review of Education

, Volume 60, Issue 6, pp 867–870 | Cite as

Blended learning: Research perspectives, Volume 2

By Anthony G. Picciano, Charles D. Dziuban and Charles R. Graham (eds). Routledge, New York and London, 2013, 354 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-63250-8 (hbk), ISBN 978-0-415-63251-5 (pbk), ISBN 978-1-315-88031-0 (e-book)
  • Jyri Manninen
Book Review

The title of this book is a bit misleading. It is neither a general analysis of Blended Learning (BL), nor a methodological research manual on how to study BL practices. Instead, it provides a rather good peek into BL practices in American public universities. Based on presentations given at the 2012 Sloan-C Blended Learning Workshop in Milwaukee, this is a second volume complementing its predecessor published in 2007. This kind of compilation of conference presentations has both advantages (good overview of recent research) and disadvantages (exclusive community of actors providing a narrow perspective on topic). Keeping that in mind, the book is rather useful for readers who wish to get a good summary of recent developments of BL activities within the North American university sector. Two articles extend the examples to K-12 school level.

There are some additional international perspectives as well, from Canada and Australia, and one chapter (chapter 17) which brings a small glimpse...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Educational Sciences and PsychologyUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

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