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Defining the field of research on the education and learning of adults: A bibliometric and content analysis of three adult education journals 2005-2012
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och Folkbildning)
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och Folkbildning)
2013 (English)In: 7th triennial conference of ESREA, 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper is an attempt to characterize the field of research on the education and learning of adults. Characterizing a research field includes the (re)construction of scientific borders, processes that is based on inclusion and exclusions including research themes, objects methodologies and theories. Our intention here is to “objectify” this field of research through a content analysis of three key research journals active within the field, Adult Education Quarterly (AEQ), International Journal of Lifelong Education (IJLE), and Studies in Continuing Education (SICE). By gathering aggregated statistics based on publications between the years 2005-2012 focusing on aspects such as authorship in terms of geography and gender, distribution of citations, the most popular research objects, methodologies and theories, we hope to characterize some of the reoccurring themes and approaches, as well as encourage debate and discussions about what research on the education and learning might be about. In the paper, we treat the different approaches and contributions as productive forces in order for a field to come into existence, be legitimised, and acknowledged as a field in which one would like to engage in (cf. Foucault, 1980, Bourdieu, 1988). Ultimately, different characterizations and descriptions of the field need to be made available in order to open up possibilities for the field to become something different than what it is.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97306OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-97306DiVA: diva2:646291
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7th triennial conference of ESREA, September 4-7, Berlin.
Available from: 2013-09-08 Created: 2013-09-08 Last updated: 2013-09-08

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