International Trends in Biology Education Research from 1997 to 2014: A Content Analysis of Papers in Selected Journals
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Atatürk University, TURKEY
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Atatürk University Kâzım Karabekir Education Faculty Department of Secondary Science & Mathematics Education Biology Education Division 25240-Erzurum/Turkey, Atatürk Üniversitesi Kazım Karabekir Eğitim Fakültesi OFMA Biyoloji Eğitimi ABD, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey
Publish date: 2016-07-02
 
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2016;12(6):1631–1651
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This paper provides a descriptive content analysis of biology education research papers published in eight major academic journals indexed in Social Science Citation Index [SSCI] of Thomson Reuters® from 1997 to 2014. Total of 1376 biology education research [BER] papers were examined. The findings indicated that most of the papers were published in the JBE and IJSE, and frequently studied topics were environment and ecology, genetics and biotechnology, and animal form and function. The findings were also indicated that learning, teaching and attitudes was in the forefront as the frequently investigated subject matters, undergraduate and secondary school students were mostly preferred as sample group and sample size mostly varies between 31-100 and 101-300. In addition, it was found out that interactive qualitative research designs were mostly preferred. Besides, that single data collection tool was generally used and this data collection tool included questionnaires, interviews and documents. Finally, frequency/percentage tables, central tendency measures, statistical analysis such as t-test and ANOVA/ANCOVA and content analysis were commonly used as data analysis.
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