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Тенденции на изследванията в природонаучното образование: контенст-анализ на български педагогически списания от 2011 до 2015 г.
Trends in Science Education Research: A Content Analysis of Bulgarian Educational Journals from 2011 to 2015

Author(s): Isa Hadjiali, Teodora Kolarova
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Economy, Education, National Economy, Sociology, School education, Higher Education , Evaluation research, Globalization, Sociology of Education
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: journal content analysis; science education; trends in educational research

Summary/Abstract: The primary objective of this study is to outline the trends in science education research based on content analyses of publications from 2011 to 2015 in four Bulgarian educational journals: “Chemistry: Bulgarian Journal of Science Education”, “Strategies for Policy in Science and Education”, “Bulgarian Physics Education” and “i- Continuing Education”. A methodology for content analysis of the selected journals is described using quantitative and qualitative parameters. A total of 290 research papers were analyzed in terms of the following criteria: 1. Degree of education; 2. Research topics and 3.Components of the process of science instruction, on which educators focused their research in trying to find decisions of specific issues. The criterion “Research topics” was decomposed to ten main research fields: 2.1. Training for science teachers; 2.2. Teaching of science; 2.3. Cognitive aspects of science learning; 2.4. Learning context and learner personality characteristics; 2.5. Educational objectives, curriculum, content knowledge, and assessment; 2.6. Reflective practice; 2.7. History, philosophy, epistemology and nature of science; 2.8. Educational technology; 2.9. Cultural, social and gender differences between students; 2.10. Informal learning. The results of this study found that most of the published articles were related to the secondary degree of science education. The research topic referred to the educational objectives, curriculum, content knowledge, and assessment was the most frequently investigated one in 2011 – 2015.

  • Issue Year: 25/2016
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 654-676
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Bulgarian