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Internationalizing Engineering Education Research: Mapping Countries And Keywords To Identify New Collaborative Horizons

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Knowing Our Students, Faculty, and Profession

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Educational Research and Methods

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14.792.1 - 14.792.16



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Brent Jesiek Purdue University

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Brent Jesiek is assistant professor in Engineering Education and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Jesiek holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech. His research is focused on the social, historical, global, and epistemological dimensions of engineering and computing, with particular emphasis on subjects related to computer engineering, engineering education, and educational technology.

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Maura Borrego Virginia Tech

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Maura Borrego is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Dr. Borrego holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Her current research interests center around interdisciplinary graduate education in engineering. She has an NSF CAREER and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award for this work.

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Kacey Beddoes Virginia Tech

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Kacey Beddoes is a Ph.D. student in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech. Her current research interests are interdisciplinary studies of gender and engineering education. She serves as Assistant Editor of the journal Engineering Studies and co-organizer of Virginia Tech’s Research in Engineering Studies (RES) group.

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Miguel Hurtado Purdue University

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Miguel Hurtado is Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He holds a B.S. in EE from Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, M.S. in Signal-Image Processing from ENST - Télécom Paris, M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and M.S. in Management, both from MIT. His research is focused on statistical methods for sensor fusion in automotive applications (Fisherian and Bayesian approaches), project management, and lean enterprise. He is also interested in engineering education perspectives in social and global context.

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Internationalizing Engineering Education Research: Mapping Countries and Keywords to Identify New Collaborative Horizons

Keywords: international, collaboration, engineering education research, bibliometrics


What are the current levels of activity and leading subject areas of engineering education research, both worldwide and in specific national and regional contexts? And to what extent are engineering education researchers collaborating across countries? Building on prior theoretical and methodological insights from social studies of science and bibliometrics, we address these research questions by analyzing more than 2,000 journal articles and conference papers published from 2005 to 2008. Our findings are organized in three main parts. First, we describe how basic criteria for empirical research were used to select more than 800 qualifying articles for further analysis. We report on the number and percent of qualifying research papers appearing in each major publication outlet, providing insights about the research orientation of these outlets and recent trends in their respective orientations. Second, information about the institutional affiliations of authors for all qualifying papers allows us to report on publication activity by country and region. Some “enabling factors” are presented to explain particularly high levels of activity in certain countries and regions. Author affiliation data is also used to highlight current collaborative patterns in engineering education research, including trends related to co- authorship and multi-national research teams. Third and finally, a systematic examination of keywords allows us to categorize and count articles in a number of major topic areas. The paper concludes with a discussion of how our findings are being used to identify opportunities and strategies for building global capacity and developing cross-national collaborations in targeted research areas.


In a growing number of countries and regions, engineering education is emerging as a vibrant research field. The European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), for example, has formed a Working Group on Engineering Education Research (WG-EER) that met for the first time in February 2009.1 The Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) is similarly developing its own Educational Research Methods (ERM) group.2 Since 2001, a series of Global Colloquia on Engineering Education have been held by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and its partners in diverse locales, and the Society’s Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) is now being distributed via professional societies in Australasia, the Caribbean, Europe, India, North America, Russia, and South America.3 In many local contexts, engineering education research is being supported by a diverse and growing array of conferences and workshops, graduate courses and degree programs, university centers for faculty development and research, funding sources, and publication outlets.

Jesiek, B., & Borrego, M., & Beddoes, K., & Hurtado, M. (2009, June), Internationalizing Engineering Education Research: Mapping Countries And Keywords To Identify New Collaborative Horizons Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5614

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