Roblyer, M. D. (2005). Educational Technology Research That Makes a Difference: Series Introduction. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education. 5(2), 192-201.
In this article, the author describes the need for a series of articles demonstrating the benefits of technology in the classroom. An introduction to the purposes for the series including the pillars of good research and recommended types of study.
Roblyer discusses the reason or need for a model for meaningful research. This introduction describes the five Pillars or criteria of good research and the types of research that should be followed. Research needs to be relevant and should have a primary focus on how technology can enhance the course design.
This article is very thought provoking. It can be used as a guide for performing the research required for a dissertation. The articles following will be a very useful how-to guide for future projects.