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Qualitative Research in Distance Education: An Analysis of Journal Literature 2005-2012

American Journal of Distance Education Volume 27, Number 3, ISSN 0892-3647


This review study examines the current research literature in distance education for the years 2005 to 2012. The author found 382 research articles published during that time in four prominent peer-reviewed research journals. The articles were classified and coded as quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. Further analysis found another category of articles in which qualitative data were obtained but results were reported as quantitative. The analysis shows that the publication of purely qualitative research occurs least often in "The American Journal of Distance Education" than in the other journals. The analysis also shows that, on average, prominent journals are publishing less qualitative research now than they were 2005. This study shows the need for further research and analysis of the methodologies currently utilized in distance education.


Hauser, L. (2013). Qualitative Research in Distance Education: An Analysis of Journal Literature 2005-2012. American Journal of Distance Education, 27(3), 155-164. Retrieved October 29, 2020 from .

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