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Title: Where are we now? Research trends in the learning sciences
Authors: Koh, Elizabeth
Cho, Young Hoan
Caleon, Imelda S.
Wei, Yu
Issue Date: Jun-2014
Citation: Paper presented at the 11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2014, Colorado, USA, 23-27 June, 2014
Abstract: Towards gaining a better understanding of the field of the Learning Sciences, this research investigates the research trends over 10 years. It also compares the Learning Sciences with the closely related academic fields of Educational Technology and Educational Psychology. A content analysis is performed on 5187 journal articles drawing from 12 top journals from 2003 to 2012. This content analysis was semi-automated and guided by an initial theoretical frame. The results reveal that research trends in the Learning Sciences have remained largely consistent except in the area of individual differences and affect, which has increased over the years. Key strengths of Learning Sciences include research on small group learning, inquiry, problem solving, argumentation, and mixed-methods. As the LS reflects on its state of practice, it should recognize that the field has achieved many research distinctives, yet, there are several opportunities for further research growth.
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