Research Trends in Turkish Distance Education: A Content Analysis of Dissertations, 1986-2014

Aras Bozkurt [arasbozkurt@gmail.com], Evrim Genc Kumtepe [egkumtepe@anadolu.edu.tr], Alper Tolga Kumtepe [atkumtepe@anadolu.edu.tr], İrem Erdem Aydın [ieaydin@anadolu.edu.tr], Müjgan Bozkaya [mbozkaya@anadolu.edu.tr], Cengiz Hakan Aydın, [chaydin@anadolu.edu.tr], Anadolu University [www.anadolu.edu.tr], Turkey

English Abstract

This paper presents a content analytic approach on doctoral dissertations in the field of distance education in Turkish Higher Education context from the years of 1986 through 2014. A total of 61 dissertations were examined to explore keywords, academic discipline, research areas, theoretical/conceptual frameworks, research designs, research models, tests and analyses, data collection tools, participants, variables/research interests, and leading contributor institutions. It is believed that this study can be beneficial to the field of distance education in Turkish context to identify research trends and set a research agenda by exploring dissertations that were published between 1986 and 2014.

Turkish Abstract

Bu çalışma Türk yükseköğretimi bağlamında uzaktan eğitim alanında 1986 yılından 2014 yılına kadar yapılan doktora tezlerinin içerik analizi sonuçlarını sunmaktadır. Toplam 61 doktora tezi anahtar kelimeler, akademik disiplin, araştırma alanları, kuramsal/kavramsal çerçeveler, araştırma desenleri, araştırma modelleri, istatistiksel analizler, veri toplama araçları, katılımcılar, değişkenler/araştırma odakları ve alana katkı sağlayan kurumların belirlenmesi amacıyla incelenmiştir. Bu çalışmanın 1986 ve 2014 yılları arasında yayımlanan doktora tezlerinin incelenmesiyle araştırma eğilimlerinin belirlenmesi ve araştırma gündemi oluşturulması bağlamında Türk Uzaktan Eğitim alanına faydalı olacağı düşünülmektedir.

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Tags

e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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