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Article: Higher education research in Asia: An archipelago, two continents or merely atomization?

TitleHigher education research in Asia: An archipelago, two continents or merely atomization?
Authors
KeywordsHigher education research
Asia
Higher education as a field
Social network analysis
Scientometrics
Science visualization methods
Issue Date2014
Citation
Higher Education, 2014, v. 68, n. 1, p. 117-134 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study analyzes higher education research in Asia since the 1980s, based on internationally indexed publication data, focusing on research approaches and themes. The analysis is based on scientometrics, science visualization, and social network analysis measures and methods. We find an increase in the number of higher education publications in both specialized and non-specialized higher education journals, although at a much faster rate in the latter. Based on the results of a community algorithm, research themes were grouped into two research approaches in line with theoretical expectations on the organization of higher education research: (1) teaching and learning approach and (2) policy approach. We found these approaches to have an equivalent representation in both specialized and non-specialized journals, although the system policy theme is found to be highly influential of other themes in specialized journals. However, a scholarship schism between the approaches is evident. Further, in the 1980s, the policy approach was dominant in Asia, while in the 2000s there is greater focus on the teaching and learning approach. A further analysis of eminent researchers of higher education in Asia confirmed the schism and indicated a slight cross-fertilization between higher research approaches, but also found evidence of the isolation/atomization of these scholars. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205812
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.207
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.717
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dc.contributor.authorHorta, Hugo-
dc.contributor.authorJung, Jisun-
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-06T08:02:24Z-
dc.date.available2014-10-06T08:02:24Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationHigher Education, 2014, v. 68, n. 1, p. 117-134-
dc.identifier.issn0018-1560-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205812-
dc.description.abstractThis study analyzes higher education research in Asia since the 1980s, based on internationally indexed publication data, focusing on research approaches and themes. The analysis is based on scientometrics, science visualization, and social network analysis measures and methods. We find an increase in the number of higher education publications in both specialized and non-specialized higher education journals, although at a much faster rate in the latter. Based on the results of a community algorithm, research themes were grouped into two research approaches in line with theoretical expectations on the organization of higher education research: (1) teaching and learning approach and (2) policy approach. We found these approaches to have an equivalent representation in both specialized and non-specialized journals, although the system policy theme is found to be highly influential of other themes in specialized journals. However, a scholarship schism between the approaches is evident. Further, in the 1980s, the policy approach was dominant in Asia, while in the 2000s there is greater focus on the teaching and learning approach. A further analysis of eminent researchers of higher education in Asia confirmed the schism and indicated a slight cross-fertilization between higher research approaches, but also found evidence of the isolation/atomization of these scholars. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofHigher Education-
dc.subjectHigher education research-
dc.subjectAsia-
dc.subjectHigher education as a field-
dc.subjectSocial network analysis-
dc.subjectScientometrics-
dc.subjectScience visualization methods-
dc.titleHigher education research in Asia: An archipelago, two continents or merely atomization?-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10734-013-9695-8-
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dc.identifier.hkuros257951-
dc.identifier.volume68-
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dc.identifier.spage117-
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