Qualitative Research Tools for Educational Technology Research

Qualitative research tools (QRTs) used for educational technology research provide a robust set of techniques, strategies, and technologies for exploring what, why, and how. QRTs also provide rich descriptions of who, when, and where so that educational technologists gain a deeper understanding of the phenomena being studied. Techniques and strategies range from specific methods for data collection to strategies for data analysis and presentation. QRTs also use a broad range of technologies to address these core questions, from various tools enabling data capture to software for data organization and analysis. Understanding the best techniques, strategies, and technologies to use for a particular qualitative study is important for educational technology researchers so they can provide the most robust recommendations to inform design, development, and practice. This ...

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