The goals and methods of educational technology research over a quarter century (1989–2014)

  • Thomas C. ReevesEmail author
  • Eunjung Grace Oh
Research Article


This paper presents an analysis of educational technology research with specific emphasis on determining how the research goals pursued and methods used have evolved over the 25-year period from 1989 through 2014. For this study, the contents of the Educational Technology Research and Development journal were analyzed over two six-year periods, first from 1989 to 1994 and second from 2009 to 2014, to identify the goals and methods of the studies specifically designated in the journal as “research papers.” Results indicate trends in the goals and methods employed in educational technology research that have implications for future research directions as well as for the preparation of graduate students and early career scholars to conduct educational technology research.


Educational Technology Research Goal Research Section Educational Technology Research Integrative Literature Review 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Learning, Design and Technology, College of EducationThe University of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, College of EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–ChampaignChampaignUSA

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