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Exploring the Adult Learning Research Field by Analysing Who Cites Whom
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3241-0189
Linköping University, University Library. (Publiceringens infrastruktur (PI))
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
(English)In: Vocations and Learning, ISSN 1874-785X, E-ISSN 1874-7868Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In this article we report on findings from a large-scale bibliographic study conducted based on the citation practices within the field of research on adult learning. Our data consist of 151,261 citation links between more than 33,000 different authors whose papers were published in five leading international journals in the field of adult learning during the time period 2006–2014. By analysing the composition of the dominating citation clusters we are able to construct a telescopic view of the research field based on an accumulation of bibliographic citations. The results consist of two parts. First we go through the dominating players active in the field, their position and mutual relationship. Secondly, we derive two main structural oppositions inherent in the citation networks, one connected to the research object (studying education or work) and the second to the level of analysis (cognition or policy). We find that the most dominating tradition within adult learning the last few decades – sociocultural perspectives on learning - occupies a very central position in the space of citations, balancing between these opposing poles. We hope that this analysis will help foster reflexivity concerning our own research practices, and will reveal the relations of dominance currently prevailing within the field of adult learning.

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Bibliometrics, Scientometrics, Adult education, Workplace learning, Field analysis, Bibliographic research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-137989DOI: 10.1007/s12186-017-9181-zOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-137989DiVA: diva2:1104772
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