This website presents material related to the EducMap
project, which aims at a better understanding of the communities working in the field of research in education
thanks to the exploration of maps based on bibliographic data.
We analyse a given corpus of documents by creating a "Bibliographic Coupling" network, linking articles that share references. An algorithm then groups together dense regions of this network into groups and subgroups that can be interpreted as topical clusters. This analysis hence produces a classification of topics existing within a given corpus independently of "official" disciplinary structures. More details can be found in the help section of the interactive tool, and in our research paper.
Studied bibiographic data were extracted from SCOPUS, a major ressource for bibliographic studies. Compared to the Web of Science (its most direct competitor), Scopus is often described as including more journals and sources in the last decades, especially in Humanities and Social Sciences. Keep in mind however that its coverage of the Social Sciences is not perfect and that some biases, such as an under-representation of non-english publications, exist.
Research in Education, 2000-2014
"Education" corpora on three successive 5-years periods
We studied Scopus publication records from journals listed as relevant in the field of research in education
by the AERES
, the French national agency for the evaluation of research and higher education. We focused on three successive time periods:
- 2000-2004: we extracted a corpus of around 37,000 publications
- 2005-2009: we extracted a corpus of around 58,000 publications
- 2010-2014: we extracted a corpus of around 76,500 publications
⇒ In the Corpus Description
interface, use the interactive tools to explore the nature of the three studied corpora by listing the keywords, references, document types, categories, authors, jornals, institutions, countries, etc. by frequency of use.
⇒ In the EducMap
interface, use the interactive tools to explore the multiple dimensions of the topics (or clusters) unveiled by our analysis. We identified several clusters of articles grouped together by sets of common references. These clusters show the diversity of topics of interest in the field of research in education, from the "Science of Learning" to "Developmental Disabilities". The three periods were studied independently, and although we use matching colors for topics that obviously correspond to one another from one time period to another (e.g. the "Reading Education", the "Science of Learning", the "Science Education" topics, etc.), a systematic study of the evolution of these topics (in terms of growth, shrink, split, merge, etc) still remain to be done. So far, we mainly studied the 2000-2004 period and proposed custom labels to refer to the found topics in that period.
Analysis of dynamic evolution on a 15-years period corpus
Here, we analyzed the complete period 2000-2014 (ie, about 171,000 publications) and developped tools to explore the evolution of the whole corpus as well as BC topics (or clusters) during 15 years.
⇒ In the EducMap
interface, use the interactive tools to explore the multiple dimensions of the topics (or clusters) unveiled by our analysis. The tool proposes a functionality to track year by yeatr the size of the topics and of their connections.
⇒ In the EducMap - Trends
interface [still in development], use the interactive tools to explore the dynamical nature of the whole corpus or of one of the topics from the 2000-2014 BC network. You can in particular explore the "trends" (corresponding to mean-normalized timelines) to visualize the evolution of the occurrences of different items (keywords, journals, institutions, references, etc), and group the items with similar trends.
Research in Education: position in the Social Sciences, 2000
How is Research in Education related to other Social Sciences fields?
In order to study the position of the research in education within the whole field of Social Sciences, we analyzed a corpus of around 123,000 Scopus publications records within the Scopus Social Sciences & Humanities
broad category and published in 2000.
⇒ Use the Social Sciences Corpus
interface to explore the nature of the Social Sciences corpus by listing the keywords, references, document types, categories, authors, jornals, institutions, countries, etc. by frequency of use.
⇒ Use the SocioMap
interface to explore the multiple dimensions of the topics (or clusters) unveiled by our analysis. Look at how the Bibliographic Coupling clusters slightly differ from an the Scopus categories, and allow for a more detailed mapping of research subfield. Especially check the specific position of the research in education compared to e.g. research in Economy, Management or Psychology.
⇒ Use the SocioMap vs EducMap
interface to take a closer look at the SocioMap clusters at the interface with Research in Education. How are these clusters related to those from EducMap?