Major Trends in Distance Education Research: A Combination of Bibliometric and Thematic Analyze

International Journal of Information Research and Review, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 5352-5359

8 Pages Posted: 20 May 2018

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Azadeh Amoozegar

University Putra Malaysia

Rouhollah Khodabandelou

Alzahra University

Nader Ale Ebrahim

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM); University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture

Date Written: April 25, 2018

Abstract

This study intends to explore the current trends in the field of distance education research catalogued in Web of Science (WoS) database during 1980-2016. Mainly bibliographic description and social network analysis was employed to investigate the structure and patterns of information exchanged within the field of distance education research and also to interpret the interrelationship between keywords indicated in these articles. A total of 500 most cited articles (out of 6,141 relevant to the topic) were reviewed to examine the impact of factors such as journal DOI and keywords on the number of citations that they received. We also identified major trends in distance education literature including variation across publication and citation year, top ranking of institutions and top ranking of published papers based on authors, subject area and co-authorship collaboration between countries. Our results show that the most cited articles are from two institutions of United States and United Kingdom and the most prolific years in terms of number of published articles and citations are 2013.We also found non-significant and very small correlation between the number of citation and DOI number of the journals. Our study serves as a resource for future studies by indicating how trends in distance education research have gradually developed over time and demonstrating the characteristics of the most cited articles in this literature.

Keywords: Online Learning, Distance Education, Bibliometric, Social Network Analysis, Trends in Distance Education, Highly Cited

JEL Classification: L11, L1, L2, M11, M12, M1, M54, Q1, O1, O3, P42, P24, P29, Q31, Q32, L17

Suggested Citation

Amoozegar, Azadeh and Khodabandelou, Rouhollah and Ale Ebrahim, Nader, Major Trends in Distance Education Research: A Combination of Bibliometric and Thematic Analyze (April 25, 2018). International Journal of Information Research and Review, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 5352-5359. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3173980

Azadeh Amoozegar

University Putra Malaysia ( email )

Selangor Darul Ehsan
Serdang, Selangor 43400
Malaysia

Rouhollah Khodabandelou

Alzahra University ( email )

Vanak
Tehran, 1993891176
Iran

Nader Ale Ebrahim (Contact Author)

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

HOME PAGE: http://https://umresearch.um.edu.my/

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia

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