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Title: 
Learning sciences research in Asia Pacific countries from 1997 to 2010: A content analysis of publications in selected journals
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Keywords: 
Learning sciences
Asia Pacific
Bibliometric study
Issue Date: 
2012
Citation: 
Tan, S. C., Chai, C. S., Tsai, C. C., Lim, C. P., & Chou, C. H. (2012). Learning sciences research in Asia Pacific countries from 1997 to 2010: A content analysis of publications in selected journals. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 21(1), 4-14.
Abstract: 
Learning sciences, as an interdisciplinary field of research, refers to adoption of theories from multiple disciplines to gain
understanding of the conditions and processes that lead to effective learning. This paper examines learning sciences research
in the Asia Pacific region by means of content analysis of research papers published in three major journals: Journal of
the Learning Sciences, International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and Instructional Science.
A total of 24 research papers contributed by authors affi I iated to six Asia Pacific countries from I 997 to 20 I 0 were found
and analyzed. The main findings suggested that Hong Kong and Australian researchers are pioneers in learning sciences
research, while Singaporean researchers have had significant contributions to this field after 2007. In addition, empirical
studies were favoured over positional and theoretical papers. It is found that the theoretical frameworks underpinning these
empirical studies were strongly influenced by Western research philosophies, including knowledge building pedagogy and
learning study theories. Moreover, nearly half of the empirical studies involved the use of computer-supported collaborative
learning (CSCL) technologies. The findings of this study may provide insights to promote learning sciences research in
the Asia-Pacific region.
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ISSN: 
0119-5646X
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