A Bird’s-Eye View of Curriculum Publications Concerning Seven Countries: A Bibliometric Analysis


This study reports a bibliometric analysis providing a bird’s-eye view of publications on curriculum pertaining to Australia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, India and Estonia. Bibliometric analysis enables an overview of the scholarly production within a field. Systematic searches of the Scopus database were conducted to identify relevant peer- reviewed journal articles, and their bibliometric data were extracted. Bibliometric analysis was used to identify how much has been published on curriculum pertaining to the above countries over the past two decades (2000-2021), where such works were conducted, and in which journals they were published. Next, co-occurrence maps of author-defined keywords were created to identify the main topics that are addressed in curriculum publications within the last five years (2017-2021). Results showed that much more research pertains to Australia, South Africa and India compared to the other countries. The number of publications for these three countries increased while those concerning Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Estonia remained low. Most works concerning a given country have been conducted within that country, and much work was conducted within US and UK institutions. The number of journal titles within which the publications appeared is vast. Findings also showed that a great proportion of curriculum publications relate to higher education and the medical field. In addition, topics such as decolonisation and indigenousness appear to be relevant in contemporary educational debate. Potential reasons underlying the findings and implications for moving curriculum research forward will be discussed.

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Pia Kreijkes, Cambridge University Press & Assessment, United Kingdom

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Educational Research

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Kreijkes P. (2022) A Bird’s-Eye View of Curriculum Publications Concerning Seven Countries: A Bibliometric Analysis ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1162.2022.29
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1162.2022.29

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