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Keyword, Field, and Social Network Analysis Trends for K-12 Engineering Education Research

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Research in Engineering Education I

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Educational Research and Methods

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25.872.1 - 25.872.16



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Mallory Lancaster Purdue University

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Yi Luo


Johannes Strobel Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Johannes Strobel is Director of INSPIRE, Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning, and Assistant Professor of engineering education and learning design and technology at Purdue University. NSF and several private foundations fund his research. His research and teaching focuses on policy of P-12 engineering, how to support teachers and students' academic achievements through engineering learning, the measurement and support of change of habits of mind, particularly in regards to sustainability and the use of cyber-infrastructure to sensitively and resourcefully provide access to and support learning of complexity.

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Publication and Cooperation Trends in K-12 Engineering Education ResearchAbstractThis research provides a systematic, organized overview of K-12 engineeringeducation research (EER) between 1980 and 2010 through analyzing the bibliometricinformation from the Web of Science® (WoS) database. It defined K-12 engineeringeducation research (EER), traced the trends in EER, and conducted a social networkanalysis on EER researchers by building and analyzing a database of EERpublications. A manually generated list of words relevant in K-12 ENE was used tocompile a sub-database consisting of bibliometric information from scholarly journalstaken from the Web of Science® (WoS) database created by the Institute for P-12Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE) staff at Purdue University. Thesekeywords were used to evaluate the trends of contribution in EER by year. A socialnetwork analysis was also done to analyze authors’ productivity and corporationswithin the EER network.The major results are as follows: (1) K-12 EER has just begun to bud in the last 10years and has developed to cover a greater number and variety of keywords in themore recent years, which indicates how the field has reached a higher level ofacademic standard; (2) ENE epistemologies and ENE learning mechanisms have beenthe most widely researched areas; (3) the classification and demographic analysesshow that most researchers have an interest in high school ENE while more attentionneeds to be paid to elementary ENE; (4) the social network analysis results revealedthere was a high trend of collaboration between authors in the K-12 EER community.Krause, S. and Roberts, C.were found to be the most collaborative authors— who alsohad a significant position as a bridge for communication for other authors in this field.The fact that the two most collaborative authors are connected is a good sign;however, more collaboration could greatly improve the field as a whole.

Lancaster, M., & Luo, Y., & Strobel, J. (2012, June), Keyword, Field, and Social Network Analysis Trends for K-12 Engineering Education Research Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21629

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