|其他題名: ||A content analysis on the trends and issues of master's theses of educational technology in Taiwan|
|作者: ||黃星凱;Ng, Shing-kae|
|關鍵詞: ||教育科技;內容分析;趨勢與議題;Educational technology;Content analysis;Trends and Issues|
|上傳時間: ||2010-01-11 00:23:48 (UTC+8)|
Due to the rapid change of our society, the breakthrough of technology and the growth of educational theories, the field of educational technology has kept renovating and changing. In spite of the short history for the educational technology in Taiwan, it gradually becomes to take shape into a field in recent years. At present, more than six universities in Taiwan have established graduate programs on educational technology or related.
The purpose of this research is to analyze the contents of Master theses in Taiwan, in order to understand and observe the trends of historical development and changes in this field. It is hoped that this research shows a greater appearance about the vertical research development.
By analyzing the contents of master''s theses, this research examined the outcome of the theses in educational technology, in order to realize their research directions, interested topics and applied fields. Besides, from the perspective of this research, it helps to know the characteristics of educational technology development in Taiwan, and can be served as a reference for the research and development in educational technology or related researches in the future. The research findings are as followed：
A: The topics of master theses on educational technology
a. The distribution of topics：most theses are about “development” and least are about “management”.
b. The differences of topics among schools：most theses in Tamkang University are about “development”, and “practical use/application” in National Taipei Teachers College, National Ping-Tung Teachers College and National Chiayi University.
c. The differences of topics among years：From year 1999-2001, the most theses are about “development”. From year 2002-2004, the most theses are about “analysis”, “application” and “analysis”, respectively.
B: The Applied Fields of master theses on educational technology
a. The distribution of applied field：most theses are about “K-12” and least theses are about “business training and development”.
b. The differences of applied field among schools：Except Tamkang University, which focuses on the research on “K-12” and “higher education”, the other three universities all focus on “K-12”.
c. The differences of applied field among years：In year 1999, the major focus are on “higher education” and “education on adult”, then gradually turned the directions to “K-12” from year 2000-2002. And in year 2004, the researches on “K-12” remarkably led other topics.
C: The research approach/methodology of master theses on educational technology
a. The distribution of research approach：The mostly used research is “the mix method of qualitative and quantity approach”, and the research approach used least is “qualitative research”.
b. The differences of research approach among schools：“the mix method of qualitative and quantity approach” tops in Tamkang University and National Taipei Teachers College. In National Ping-Tung Teachers College, “quantitative research” is the primary research approach, and “the mix method of qualitative and quantity approach” and “qualitative research” are mostly used in National Chiayi University.
c. The differences of research approach among years：“the mix method of qualitative and quantity approach” has been the mostly used research approach for almost every year except in 2002 which “qualitative research” is the mostly dominant one. Besides, it is observed that “qualitative research” has increased year by year gradually.
This research also gives suggestions on the future research and the development of Master Theses on educational technology.