Understanding Educational Technology Research via Comparing and Evaluating Two Research Articles

By Jason K. Y. Chan.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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In approaching the research topic of the use of technology in learning, it is important to remember that technology itself is not our educational goal. Our aim is to apply it to improve learning. Within this realm, this paper evaluates two research studies about the use and effect of technology in learning, in order to show that the personal orientation of researchers may affect the selection of a specific research paradigm with a set of borders, criteria, relations and methodologies involved.

Keywords: Educational Research, Educational Technology, Research Design

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.127-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 543.009KB).

Dr. Jason K. Y. Chan

Lecturer, School of Professional Education and Executive Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Jason Chan earned a credential of Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) from Stanford University in 2007. He graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC)with a Master of Educational Technology in 2005. In 2004 and 1998, he obtained his MSc in Computing and BA (1stHons) in Public & Social Administration from City University of HK, respectively. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Bristol. As for working experience, he is a Lecturer of the School of Professional Education and Executive Development of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2006-07, he was a Manager (Research) of Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, a policy think tank to the HKSAR Government. He participated in several educational research projects at some tertiary institutions such as the Open University of HK, the HK Institute of Education and City University of HK. During 2002-05, he was a Management Team Member in the Global Distance Education Network project funded by World Bank and administrated by the Commonwealth of Learning. His professional affiliations include membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE). Jason is also a Mensa member.

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