Statistical and scientometric analysis of international research in geographical and environmental education

Papadimitriou, Fivos & Kidman, Gillian (2012) Statistical and scientometric analysis of international research in geographical and environmental education. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 21(1), pp. 11-20.

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Certain statistic and scientometric features of articles published in the journal “International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education” are examined in this paper, for the period 1992-2009, by applying nonparametric statistics and Shannon’s entropy (diversity) formula. The main findings of this analysis are: a) after 2004 the research priorities of researchers in geographical and environmental education seem to have changed, b) “teacher education” has been the most recurrent theme throughout these 18 years, followed by “values & attitudes” and “inquiry & problem solving” c) the themes “GIS” and “Sustainability” were the most “stable” throughout the 18 years, meaning that they maintained their ranks as publication priorities more than other themes, d) citations of IRGEE increase annually, e) the average thematic diversity of articles published during the period 1992-2009 is 82.7% of the maximum thematic diversity (very high), meaning that the Journal has the capacity to attract a wide readership for the 10 themes it has successfully covered throughout the 18 years of its publication.

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ID Code: 56067
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Statistics, Scientometry, Geographical Education, Environmental Education, Shannon diversity, Nonparametric Statistics
DOI: 10.1080/10382046.2012.639153
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 04:56
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 16:21

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