Convergence or divergence of research in education: findings from analysing journals of education in England, Germany, Europe and the USA

Speaker: Dr Hubert Ertl, Department of Education, University of Oxford

Venue: Room 244, Chen Rui Qiu Building, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Minhang Campus, 800 Dong Chuan Road, Shanghai

Date and time: Monday 15th June 2015 10:00AM-11:30AM


This talk reports on two projects funded by the German Research Council which analysed all papers published in 14 selected journals between 2001 and 2010 in terms of their author profile, their methodological approach and their thematic focus. The analyses resulted in publication patterns for the selected journals and at an aggregated level for the four geo-graphic areas in which journals are published, highlighting many similarities, but also distinct differences. As far as the differences are concerned, the findings, for instance, indicate a lower share of female authors and the relative low proportion of papers drawing on empirical research in German journals. For US journals, the comparatively low importance of papers drawing on the international research discourse seems to be particularly important. More generally, the findings demonstrate a degree of alignment of publication patterns with disciplinary traditions and formation processes in the field of education. However, the trend analysis conducted also shows that some of the traditional boundaries of education as an academic discipline are in a state of flux. The talk concludes by exploring possibilities of this kind of analysis being extended to Chinese journals of education.

About the speaker:
Hubert Ertl is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. He is Director of the Department’s MSc Education (Higher Education) pathway. He is also Senior Research Fellow of the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Occupational Performance (SKOPE). Hubert is Governing Body Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.
Hubert directs the Department of Education’s MSc Education (Higher Education) pathway and convenes the Higher Education Research Group. His research interests include international aspects of higher education, vocational education and training, European Union educational policies, education and labour market transitions, and widening participation in higher education.

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