Editorial: Volume 34, Issue 5. A caution about causation

Henderson, Michael and Redmond, Petrea and Heinrich, Eva (2018) Editorial: Volume 34, Issue 5. A caution about causation. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34 (5). i-iv. ISSN 1449-3098

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Abstract

Educational technology research, like all education research, is dominated by explicit or implicit claims of causation. The dominance of cause-effect models in research is not surprising, and for many it is unnoticed and unquestioned. However, regardless of the cause-effect model being applied or the methodology in measuring it, we are unable to detect cause-effect directly. It is in this context that we need to be cautious in our interpretations of educational technology interventions and their implications for the future. Claims of causation are unlikely to decrease in the face of the increasing calls for “evidence-based” policy and practice. With this in mind it is even more important to consider how we can resist deterministic or mechanical claims of cause and effect. This dilemma should not stop our drive for evidence based approaches, but it is a reminder that we need to take care in the rigour of our research, and equally, in the way we describe it.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2019 07:09
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 02:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational technology, causation, cause-effect
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.14742/ajet.5030
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35312

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