Priorities in Educational Technology Research: A Delphi Study from Poland

By Jaroslaw Janio, Jacek Gornikiewicz, Elzbieta Perzycka, Constance Pollard, Richard Pollard, Dorota Siemieniecka and Anna Watola.

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This paper describes the process and the findings of a Delphi study designed to provide a framework for research needs in the area of educational technology for the next five years in Poland. The investigation was based on a study done in the United States by Pollard and Pollard in 2004. The Delphi panel composed for the purposes of this investigation included 40 educational technology experts from throughout Poland. The group underwent a consensus building process in a three-round study conducted over the Internet via a web site established for that purpose. Similarly to the research done in the United States, the results of this e-study construct a framework of eight areas found to be priorities for future research in the area of educational technology in Poland.

Keywords: Delphi Method, Research Priorities, Educational Technology, Education in Poland

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.23-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 604.566KB).

Dr. Jaroslaw Janio

CASAS/EL Civics coordinator, Santa Ana College, Continuing Education Division, Santa Ana College, CA, Santa Ana, USA

Dr. Janio has been involved in the field of educational technology for over 15 years at various levels as elementary school teacher, coordinator, university lecturer, and consultant. He has worked at public and private educational agencies in Southern California and Chicago in the areas of bilingual education, educational technology, students with disabilities. He has also conducted research in the field of language acquisition, disability, and technology in education. Dr. Janio lives in Southern California and works as a testing coordinator at Santa Ana College. His research interests include: Delphi method, international educational technology, online and distance education.

Dr. Jacek Gornikiewicz

Doctor of Education, University of Bialystok, University of Bialystok, Bialystok, Poland

Jacek Zbigniew Górnikiewicz, Ph.D. (1985), associate professor at the University in Bialystok, and a lecturer of education at other colleges in Poland. The principal of the Association of Language Colleges in Suwalki. The co-founder and the current director of the local academic publishing house Trans Humana. His research interests focus on the area of educational technology and its impact on reorganization of the educational systems and development of pedagogy.

Dr. Elzbieta Perzycka

Doctor of education, Wydział Humanistyczny; Instytut Pedagogiki, Uniwersytet Szczeciński, Szczecin, Poland

Lecturer at in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Szczecin. Research interests in the areas of: media education, computer diagnosis and therapy in education, pedagogy for teachers. http://www.us.szc.pl/

Constance Pollard

Professor, Department of Educational Technology, Boise State University, Boise, ID, USA

Dr. Constance Pollard has been a professor in the College of Education, Boise State University, for the past thirteen years. She teaches in the online Master’s of Educational Technology program and is the coordinator for the preservice teacher technology classes.

Dr. Richard Pollard

Professor, Divison of Teaching, Learning and Leadership, College of Education, University of Idaho, Boise, ID, USA

Dr. Richard Pollard has been a professor in the College of Education, University of Idaho, for the past fifteen years. During that time, he has been active in research, taught a variety of education classes and worked with student teachers.

Dr. Dorota Siemieniecka

Doctor of Education, Wydział Nauk Pedagogicznych, University of Torun, Torun, Poland

Lecturer at the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun, Poland in the Department of Didactics and Media in Education. Research interests focused on media education, computer-aided assessment and therapy in education, methods of media education, creativity and media.

Dr. Anna Watola

Doctor of Education, Wydział Pedagogiki i Psychologii, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland

Anna Watoła – Doctor of Arts in pedagogy, at present an adjunct at the Department of Early School Pedagogy and Media Pedagogy at the University of Silesia in Katowice and at the Higher School of Business in Dąbrowa Górnicza in Poland. For many years pre-school teacher, specialist in oligophrenopedagogy and kindergarten headmaster. Author of books and publications related to using information technology in the process of teaching-learning, managing and running an educational institution. The scope of scientific interests includes information technology in education of pre-school children.

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