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Science Editing 2021;8(1): 79-84. doi: https://doi.org/10.6087/kcse.233
Bibliometric analysis of publications on inclusive education from the Web of Science Core Collection published from 1992 to 2020
Jia-Fen Wu1 , Xiaoxiao Lin2
1Department of Early Childhood Education, School of Education, JingGangShan University, Ji’an
2Department of Special Education, School of Education, Guangzhou University
Corresponding Author: Xiaoxiao Lin ,Email: 104438@gzhu.edu.cn
Received: July 23, 2020;  Accepted: October 25, 2020.
ABSTRACT
Purpose:
This study analyzed the bibliometric characteristics of publications on inclusive education in the Social Science Citation Index and Science Citation Index Expanded in the Web of Science Core Collection from 1992 to 2020.
Method:
Terms related to “inclusive education” and “inclusion of education” were used as keywords to search for journal articles on July 3, 2020.
Results:
There were 1,786 articles, representing 3,376 authors, in the 345 journals scanned. The United States, United Kingdom, and Australia were the three leading countries/regions in this field. In the top 12 countries, the top 15 institutions and the top 10 most-cited journals were identified by either the number of publications or the number of total citations. Core themes from the 30 most highly-cited articles were teachers’ attitudes, teachers’ self-efficacy, and the effects of inclusive education. Teachers included both pre-service and in-service teachers; students represented those with and without special educational needs.
Conclusion:
The results indicate that the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia dominated inclusive education research, originating most of the highly-cited articles, having more prolific authors, and presenting the most-cited institutions. Furthermore, three emerging core themes from the 30 most highly-cited articles were teachers’ attitudes, teachers’ self-efficacy, and the effects of inclusive education. Frontline teachers are recommended to submit manuscripts about their teaching experiences to the most-cited journals, which have a large readership. To measure the effects of inclusive education, it is essential to formulate reliable, valid, and culture-free research instruments for future studies.
Keywords: Bibliometric analysis; Histcite Pro 2.0; Historiograph; Inclusive education; Total Local Citation
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