2019 Scholarship Rankings

  • Rick WestEmail author
  • Robert Bodily
Part of the Educational Media and Technology Yearbook book series (EMTY, volume 42)


The field of educational technology has a rich and strong history of scholarly research, as scholars have used theories and methods from a wide variety of other disciplines to explain the role of technology in teaching and learning. This research has incorporated a wide variety of methods, spanning both qualitative and quantitative paradigms, and has been published in an even wider collection of journals numbering in the dozens or perhaps hundreds. Because of how our discipline integrates with other subjects (for this reason, we have been called a “meta” field), publication data is difficult to collect and interpret. For this reason, there have been frequent studies of what is being published, by whom, where, and resulting in what implications. These meta-syntheses are useful because they help us understand the reach and boundaries of our discipline, what topics are being discussed, and which ones are not. They also help us become aware of scholars we may not know about, including those from other countries.


  1. Bodily, R., Leary, H., & West, R. E. (2019). Research trends in instructional design and technology journals. British Journal of Educational Technology. Available online
  2. Ritzhaupt, A. D., Sessums, C. D., & Johnson, M. C. (2012). Where should educational technologists publish their research? An examination of peer-reviewed journals within the field of educational technology and factors influencing publication choice. Educational Technology, 52, 47.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IPT DepartmentBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  2. 2.Lumen LearningPortlandUSA

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