June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Educational Research and Methods
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Loose Networks and the Community of Engineering Education Research: A Definition by Bibliometric StandardsIntroductionCyber-based collaborations in the form of virtual organizations (VOs) are transforming theengineering education research landscape. They bring together researchers in industry,government and university by offering investigative and educational tools unique to their specificfield (Bue-tow, 2005). VOs come in different forms. Often VOs also serve as an informationaland collaboration resource by hosting document-sharing tools, virtual meeting spaces, onlinetutorials, and courses, and so enabling access and participation to resources for diversepopulations and remotely located communities. While some VOs are very successful, thefundamental reasons for this success or failure and the factors, which contributed to the evolutionand emergence of VOs, are not well understood. Hence the design of these critical pieces ofcyber-infrastructure is currently a hit-or-miss process. This paper is part of a larger projectaddressing this gap by researching the transition of loose networks (LN) of researchers into morepurposeful virtual organizations. The goal of this project is to investigate empirically theevolution and emergence of VOs to identify those factors, which contributed to the growth andevolution of loose networks and factors, which contributed to the emergence and evolution ofVOs.The research team in this paper adopts an inherently interdisciplinary (socio-cultural-cognitive-technological or SCT) perspective about the workings of VOs, to discover those critical factorsthat lead from loose networks to VOs.Theoretical and Methodological FrameworksThe project employs two theoretical lenses: (1) Stewardship of engineering education research:who is involved, invested and shapes the community? and (2) Ancestry to determine historicityof the field and historical developments. As methodological framework, the project employs oralhistory (historical accounts of living people), social network analysis, symbolic interactionism(discerning the role of technologies to facilitate community) and content analysis of essentialdocuments.ResultsThis paper will describe the results of the first phase of this project: the systematic and extensivesearch for the full body of literature in engineering education literature. 1100 keywords werecollected and developed from existing literature searching in databases such as Web of Scienceby ISI, Compendex, EbscoHost etc. Keywords were then separated into engineering and non-engineering phrases and searched with cross references. While this method resulted in a largedatabase of engineering education research papers, the team deliberately collected at first paperswhich might have been on the fringe of being included, which necessitates a second project ofinclusion and exclusion criteria.The paper will share in depth the process of the interdisciplinary research team to describeengineering education research in terms and operation of bibliometric searches and presentdetails of the inclusion and exclusion criteria for papers and ultimately for members in loosenetworks, communities and organizations.References and implications for the field of engineering education research will be provided inthe full paper.
Strobel, J., & Radcliffe, D. F., & Rajan, P., & Nawaz, S., & Luo, Y., & Choi, J. H., & Yu, J. H. (2011, June), Loose Networks and the Community of Engineering Education Research: A Definition by Bibliometric Standards Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18302
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