The Evolution of Educational Technology Based on a Bibliometric Study
Educational technology and technology-enhanced learning are now mature interdisciplinary research areas, and there are already literature studies aiming at the study of scientific communities, the identification and evolution of salient topics, and the emergence of the trends in the field. Such studies are important since they can provide insights into the development of a particular research area. In this chapter, we aim to investigate the evolution of the educational technology field in a European Union member state, namely, Greece, through the analysis of trends between three different categories of targeted research outcomes (theory, technology, practice) and the corresponding key topics of interest that have been emerged in all papers presented at the main national scientific conference of this field between 2000 and 2012. The analysis of the results demonstrates that there is a wide involvement of researchers in technology-supported educational innovations at schools and less basic and applied technological research, indicating the need for a more balanced research both in theoretical issues and technological aspects.
Alexandros Nikopoulos’ work was partly financially supported by a grant from the Hellenic Scientific Association for ICT in Education.
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