Learning technology research in practice: reflections from the field

Sandra Cairncross*, Mike Mannion, Tom McEwen

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Research into the effectiveness of new learning technologies is needed. However education research is complex and challenging. In this paper we explore problems associated with different methodological approaches. In particular the value of controlled experiments in this context will be analysed and the use of interpretativist approaches to illuminate particular situations discussed. This is based on a critical reflection of our own experiences of doing educational research into student learning with interactive multimedia. These reflections will be useful to others embarking on similar projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunities of Practice. Research Proceedings of the 10th Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C 2003)
EditorsJohn Cook, David McConnell
PublisherAssociation for Learning Technology
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780954587000
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003


  • learning technology research
  • education research
  • controlled experiments
  • interactive multimedia
  • interpretativist approaches


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