Content analysis of international research in geographical and environmental education : eighteen years of academic publishing

Kidman, Gillian & Papadimitriou, Fivos (2012) Content analysis of international research in geographical and environmental education : eighteen years of academic publishing. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 21(1), pp. 3-10.

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This paper examines the history of the IRGEE Journal in terms of its sustainable future. The development of geographical and environmental education is evaluated, as reflected from the articles published in the Journal “International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education” (IRGEE). A content analysis of all papers and forum sections which have appeared in the journal since Volume 1 Number 1 was published in 1992 has been conducted, examining the content of as many as 526 articles. The method was a content analysis, and revealed themes which have experienced an increasing or declining interest over the 18 years of publication of IRGEE (1992-2009), while other themes have remained current during this period. The main findings of this analysis are: a) the total number of articles has increased more than threefold, b) articles related to geographical education (sensu stricto) outweighed those related to environmental education, c) the themes “syllabi, textbooks, curricula” and “values, attitudes” attract the attention of researchers with increasing strength and d) emerging subjects, such as GIS and sustainability have appeared dynamically in the last years.

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ID Code: 56066
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Content Analysis, Geographical Education, Environmental Education
DOI: 10.1080/10382046.2012.639152
ISSN: 1038-2046
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Routledge
Deposited On: 03 Jan 2013 04:41
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 21:16

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