Research & Theory's Description

The Research and Theory division promotes the development and advancement of theory; promotes, presents, and disseminates rigorous research and scholarship; advocates the study of social and cultural issues in the field; and supports, fosters, and mentors emerging scholars. Any studies that embody excellent research methods in any area of interest to AECT members could be appropriate for submission to R&T division. Topics such as the relationship between research and theory, innovative research methods, ethical considerations in research, challenges associated with conducting research with data from web-based sources, and the position of Educational Technology as a field in the context of related fields such as the Learning Sciences, Cognitive Science, Psychology, etc., might be of particular interest to R&T division members.

We continue to encourage authors to submit their work in the following categories:

      Category 1: Completed Study
              Report findings from a study that is complete.
      Category 2: Work in Progress
              Report the progress of a study currently underway (e.g., as a Poster Session).
      Category 3: Research Methodology
              Report innovative research methodologies in Educational Technology.

Authors can submit their work in any of the above categories that fit the interest of the R&T division and address this year's conference theme 'Learning from Las Vegas' which focuses on the experiences and activities the participants will have during the convention. Of particular interest this year is a focus on creativity, proposals that focus on research and theory related to creativity as it applies to the field of educational technology are strongly encouraged. Proposals that use rigorous quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods are particularly warranted.

When submitting your proposal, please state in the abstract which category you are submitting your work. For example,
      "This proposal reports a Category 1 Completed Study on ..."
      "This proposal reports a Category 2 Work in Progress on ..." or
      "This proposal reports a Category 3 Research Methodology ..."

Proposals that fit all the session types are welcome:
      Concurrent Session
      Poster Session
      Roundtable Session
      Pecha Kucha Session

Questions regarding proposals for the R&T Division should be directed to Enilda Romero-Hall at