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The Past and the Present of Physics Education at a Glance: A Review of International Studies on Physics Education by Using Science Mapping Tool
New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2018; 68: 1096~1106
Published online October 31, 2018;
© 2018 New Physics: Sae Mulli.

Hunkoog JHO*

Department of General Education, Dankook University, Cheonan 31116, Korea
Correspondence to:
Received September 13, 2018; Revised September 27, 2018; Accepted September 27, 2018.
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Since physics was first introduced in school as a means of fostering labor, physics education has contributed much to both society and the scientific community. This study aims at providing an overview of physics education research through science mapping of a large number of references published in international journals up to the present. In this study, 2,089 articles indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) were extracted from Clarivate Analytics' online database system Web of Science (WoS), and the obtained referential information was analysed using the R solution. Using the biblometrix and the text mining (tm) R-packages, this study performed semantic and knowledge network analyses, such as bibliographic coupling, co-citation, co-word, n-gram and historiograph. The results show the most productive authors and groups as well as the chronological relations among the references. Analysis of science mapping using open-source software not only provides implications for research on physics education in Korea compared to international trends but also allows qualitative and quantitative research to be done in a more systematic way.
PACS numbers: 01.40.Fk, 01.30.Tt, 07.05.Rm
Keywords: Science mapping, Bibliometrics, R-Studio, Big data, Literature review

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