The Internet has been around for more than 10 years and has technologically advanced through the years. One of the advances of the Internet is online research. The Internet was once a military project that was not publically in use, now the Internet is used worldwide. In educational institutions some teachers and professors question the integrity of the information available on the Internet. The potential impact of computer technologies on teaching with regard to education is partially due the Internet’s rapid growth in the last two to three years (Becker, 1999). Problem Statement
The purpose of this study is to investigate traditional research methods of the past compared to using the Internet for research to determine and compare which research method is more effective. There will also be an investigation on the Internets effect on the approach to learning in comparison to a traditional classroom setting. How Will This Make a Difference There are ways to use to Internet to effectively and creatively do educational research. The positive difference this will make on students is to maybe find ways or think outside of the “box” when doing research.
Sometimes finding the information on the Internet is the start of an idea and building on that information and doing further research for the purpose of credibility can be interesting and fun. According to the Educational Media International article The Use of the Internet Environment for Enhancing Creativity, “The use of the Internet environment for developing higher level learning skills has recently become a prime educational concern. The highest of these skills, creative thinking, has a most significant impact in all aspects of our life.
It has always been the origin of innovation and has yielded most of the physical and intellectual assets from which we benefit today. Hence one of the most important objectives of education at all levels, from kindergarten to higher education, is to encourage creative students to be able to meet the challenges of highly competitive society in our era of rapidly developing science, technologies, design, and the humanities. ” Connections to the Course in Curriculum and Instruction In the past, educational research was done with lengthy visits to the library, using a card catalog to find the books needed to complete the project.
Some families were afforded the luxury of purchasing a set of encyclopedias. Since the introduction of the Internet, there is a capability to research more effectively with the advancements of Internet technology such as connectivity speed, online journals, and an increased number of search engines available. The use of the Internet environment for research and learning skills has recently become an educational concern (Shoshani & Braun, 2007). Learning institutions have become more creative with using the Internet in schools.
As the popularity of this medium increased, integrating the use of the Internet in classrooms and coursework in common. Demand for Internet use amongst students has forced teaching staff and professors to create guidelines for its use with regard to research. One would believe that all the information on the Internet is credible, but all of the information on the Internet is not credible. The aforementioned is the platform for the argument of which source of information is more reliable, World Book Encyclopedia or Wikipedia.
The Internet has made other sources and methods of educational research almost obsolete. However, the Internet is probably the most efficient and interesting way of approaching educational research. Inquiry Questions 1. What are the different avenues to creatively do educational research? 2. Would one need to do extra research to affirm the information’s credibility on the Internet? 3. How can one do Internet research and have credibility at the same time? 4. Would one possibly need to go outside of the Internet to verify the credibility?
I would find out all of the information to see whether or not you could have other creative avenues of educational research that is effective and credible. Procedures Research papers from 30 students will be looked at to see what type of research was done. The profiling is not subject specific with regard to the research papers, but yet to determine how many pages were the research papers and to find out what type of references used. Questionnaires will be administered to 30 people with 5 questions to determine how the research was done.
This allows for random selection of the not only the students involved but have minimal bias based on the research papers involved. There will be a random selection for the graduate college of 30 people who will then be separated into three age groups and will answer five questions with regard to the research methods used for their last three research papers. After the collection of the research papers, they will then be separated into categories of length of the papers and the type of research used by looking at their references. The study should be finished within a month to allow time to collect data.
Results The Internet has greatly impacted the establishment of the Internet technology evolution, Internet-based education, and e-learning (Fazlollahtabar & Mahdavi, 2009). However, access to the Internet was not always available. There were classes in school that taught students how to find books in the library using the card catalog. Paying attention to the card catalog lesson was imperative in being more efficient in research because one would be able to use the card catalog quickly, therefore finding there research materials – usually books, more effectively.
Students would then spend hours researching the books that were not available to take home; afterwards one would take out materials available for checkout, go home, and continue to research. There are other options for research today, one being the Internet. The Internet has intertwined Internet technology and by increasing the volume and speed of information transfer (Fazlollahtabar & Mahdavi, 2009). Self-regulated learning has been described as an active, constructive process whereby students set goals for their learning based on past experiences and their current environment (Artino & Stephens, 2009).
There are older students that prefer to have hard copy books such as encyclopedias and an atlas, there are some that are a younger that prefer a combination of hard copy materials and the use of Internet technology, and there are the generation Y students that are totally computer dependent. Hard copy books and materials have deemed to be more reliable, but where it took days or weeks to receive news and important information and world events, that same information is available through broadcast satellites and Internet (Kotler & Armstrong, 2008).
Using the Internet for research also creates more flexibility than conventional ways of research and instruction (Shoshani & Hazi, 2007). Having flexibility in educational research via the Internet could potentially create more resources of information, save money on gas and transportation, save time with travel, and save time with research. There is a question of credibility of information attained from Internet research. One of the popular ways of doing research is the use of wikis (Bonk, Lee, Kim, & Lin, 2009).
Wikis are ways to transfer knowledge amongst knowledgeable people and a way for interactive learning through Internet participation. Wikipedia for example has credibility among those who do not need to have reliable information, but for professors and teachers, Wikipedia is not a reliable source of information because of the person to person sharing and editing capabilities that may damage the validity of the information or show bias. Out of 30 students, 15 students had research papers between 1 – 5 pages and 15 students had research papers that were 6 – 15 pages long. students out of 15 with research papers between 1 -5 pages long used mostly Internet to do their research and 11 out of 15 students who had papers between 6 – 15 pages long used the Internet to do their research. The aforementioned shows that 20 out of 30 students used the Internet mostly for their research papers. With all of the students doing their research visiting between 3 – 15 websites. At the completion of the study the results proven that much of the information appearing on the Internet may not be consistently reliable or credible, but the Internet’s effect of research is consistently quick and efficient.