Scholarship before Technology: Re-thinking the Relationship between Technology and Scholars

Jingjing Zhang
2014 Journal of Communication and Education   unpublished
This study provides a review of the literature concerned with some of the underlying implications of technology used by academic researchers. This is a growing area of academic research as a result of the fact that the increasing use of network technologies is rapidly changing many aspects of research activities. Among these changes, it is the qualitative (rather than quantitative) change that merits careful thought and investigation. The article maps the main themes of research on the
more » ... rch on the scholarly use of technology using 106 articles, reports and books across varied disciplines. The review concludes that the current literature has been overshadowed by research with a strong technical emphasis, focusing on large-scale collaboration, and takes a quantitative approach to studying the quantitative impact of technology use in the distributed research of sciences. Empirical research into the qualitative implications of technology use in real-world interdisciplinary research settings (particularly in the social sciences and the humanities) is urgently needed to add conceptual depth to the current analysis of technology use in academia.