June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Educational Research and Methods
14.792.1 - 14.792.16
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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