Comparison of theoretical frameworks of doctoral theses on the field of instructional technology: The Turkey-US case

Saka Şimşek E., Atila G., Aydın A., Reisoğlu İ., Göktaş Y.

Library & Information Science Research, vol.44, no.1, pp.1-10, 2022 (SSCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.lisr.2022.101138
  • Journal Name: Library & Information Science Research
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, FRANCIS, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Information Science and Technology Abstracts, INSPEC, Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library Literature and Information Science, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, DIALNET, Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-10
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Although there are suggestions for writing the theoretical framework in the literature, studies on how all sections

of research should be structured based on the theoretical framework are limited. The current research compared

the structuring of doctoral theses' theoretical frameworks in the field of instructional technology produced in

Turkey and the US. Two hundred doctoral theses were subjected to content analysis based on the list of criteria

developed by the researchers. The data collection tool includes the criteria of formality, language, definition and

association, purpose and significance, methodological procedures, and presentation and interpretation of results.

Independent factorial ANOVA were used to determine whether country and method affected the data obtained

from the analyzed theses. The analysis of the data showed that the US-based theses were structured in accordance

with the established criteria in all aspects except for purpose and importance. Method did not affect consistency

with the criteria. The results of the study are anticipated to guide graduate students, thesis advisors, and re-

searchers preparing theses and articles