Research characteristics and patterns in engineering education: Content analysis 2000-2009

Pao Nan Chou, Chi Cheng Chang

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In the field of engineering education, the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) is one of the publications listed in the ISI Thomson citation index. Analysing JEE articles may offer a clear understanding of characteristics and patterns in engineering education research. The aim of this study was to investigate the research characteristics present in the JEE from 2000 to 2009, and provide research patterns for engineering educators or those with an interest in engineering education research. A modified, four-step content analysis, which contains sampling, conceptualisation, operationalisation, and coding verification, analyse published works in JEE since 2000. Based on the analysed results from seven focus areas: a) characteristics of research methods; b) research subject; c) engineering discipline; d) research topic; e) citation information; f) author's geographical affiliation; and g) article keywords, 10 major findings were yielded from this study. Several suggestions are proposed for engineering education researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-470
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering


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