Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Educational Technology, Faculty of Humanities, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

2 Educational Technology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran, Iran


This study, master's dissertation of instructional technology were analyzed in point of methodological and executive context. Research methodology was content analysis and all master's dissertations of the public universities of Iran were selected. The total study population was selected as a sample (279dissertations were selected from Alameh Tabtabaei, Kharazmi and Arak University). Results indicate that master's dissertations of instructional technology has been conducted with positivist paradigm and relayed on quantitative approach, and the most methods that were used include experimental, survey, correlation and content analysis. Executive context analysis indicated that the most of researches have been carried out at the universities and schools, and other contexts such as industries and business have rarely been considered.


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