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

Aras Bozkurt 1 , Evrim Genc Kumtepe 1 , Alper Tolga Kumtepe 1 , İrem Erdem Aydın 1 , Müjgan Bozkaya 1 ,  and Cengiz Hakan Aydın 1
  • 1 Anadolu University [], Turkey


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.

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