Section Introduction: Paradigms for Researching Information Technology in Education

  • Margaret J. CoxEmail author
  • Joke Voogt
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Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


Research and development of IT in educational settings is intertwined with the design of the IT tools themselves and influenced by policy makers and other stakeholders. This section presents the key paradigms for researching information technology (IT) in education, taking account of the challenges which need to be addressed while the teaching and learning environment is forever evolving and expanding because of the increasingly diverse IT tools and resources. Each chapter addresses different research methods and approaches, all of which have implications for designing effective research investigations, which will help to inform and shape the policies and practices of stakeholders in education.


Researching IT Emerging technologies Knowledge representations 


  1. Cox, M. J. (2008). Chap 10: Methods for researching IT in education. In J. Voogt & G. Knezek (Eds.), International handbook of information technology in primary and secondary education (pp. 947–964). Berlin/Heidelberg/New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  2. Lai, K.-W., Voogt, J., & Knezek, G. (2017). Rethinking learning in a digital age: Edusummit 2017 summary reports. Retrieved from

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Windesheim University of Applied SciencesZwolleThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margaret Cox
    • 1
  • Joke Voogt
    • 2
  1. 1.King's College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Child Development and EducationUniversity of Amsterdam/ Windesheim University of Applied SciencesAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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