Content analysis, Distance education, Mapping trends, Research and scholarship, Text mining
Using a text-mining tool Leximancer, this article reports the research trends in Distance Education journal between 1980 and 2014. Titles and abstracts of 515 peer-reviewed articles are analyzed and core concepts (listed below) is extracted. Result of text mining indicates alternating waves of institutional (meso-level) and individual (micro-level) research focus.
Phase 1 Institutional focus: Professionalization and institutional consolidation (1980-1984), instructional design and educational technology (1985-1989)
Phase 2 Individual focus: Quality assurance in distance education (1990-1994) Student support and early stages of online learning (1995-1999)
Phase 3 Institutional focus: The emergence of the virtual university (2000-2004) Collaborative learning and online interaction patterns (2005-2009) Interactive learning, MOOCs and OERs (2010-2014)
Capturing trends on topics and methods is essential for the advancement of research on distance education.
Zawacki-Richter, O., & Naidu, S. (2016). Mapping research trends from 35 years of publications in Distance Education. Distance Education, 37(3), 245-269.
|Links to Article||https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01587919.2016.1185079
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|In Publication||Distance Education|
|Type of Research||Quantitative|
|Intervention/Areas of Study|
|Level of Analysis|
|Specific Populations Examined|
|Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest||2-year institution|
|Specific Course or Program Characteristics|
|Outcome Variables of Interest||Other|
|Student Sample Size|