A critical view of educational research in China over 20 years: A content analysis of the journal of Educational Research

2016 IJRSE – Volume 5 Issue 3


Wang, Hong*
Faculty of Education, Southwest University, China (57179149@qq.com)


This study is aimed at exploring trends of educational research in China as reflected in 3922 articles published in the journal of Educational Research (Jiao Yu Yan Jiu) (ER) from 1994-2014. A content analysis was used to discover the features and trends of educational research and to examine the influence and international development of the journal in terms of sub-disciplines, key topics, research methodologies, age-related educational levels, authors’ backgrounds and references. The findings identify important research orientations, major research fields, key research concepts, neglected areas in educational research and the relation between educational research and practice and policy-making. The results suggested that indigenization and politicization of educational research was highlighted whilst internationalization was neglected. Discussions and implications of the findings are also considered.

Keywords: educational research; content analysis; educational trend; educational development; journal of Educational Research


DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2015.1270

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