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Crossing borders: A citation analysis of connections between Cognitive Science and Educational research … and the fields in between
Research Evaluation (2017)
  • Jan Youtie
  • Gregg E. Solomon, National Science Foundation
  • Stephen Carley, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus
  • Seokbeom Kwon, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus
  • Alan L Porter, Search Technology
Abstract
For decades, there have been calls for bringing the Cognitive Science and Educational research literatures into greater and more systematic contact, resulting in the publication of a number of influential papers and the launch of targeted federal funding programs around the turn of the century. This paper explores the extent of the integration of Cognitive Science into the Educational research literature at around that time by means of a citation analysis of journal articles published between 1994 and 2014. Results reveal a marked increase in the citation of Cognitive Science articles by Educational research articles beginning around the year 2000. They also show a similar increase in citation by Educational research articles of articles appearing in “Border field” journals (i.e., Educational Psychology, the Learning Sciences, Human-Computer Interaction, Applied Linguistics). Border field articles, in turn, show a relatively high percentage of citation of articles in both Education research and Cognitive Science, suggesting that they may serve as a pathway for the flow of knowledge between fields. These trends held for papers with US authors as well as those with non-US authors. Limitations of citation analysis are discussed along with suggestions for future research. 
Keywords
  • Educational research,
  • Cognitive Science,
  • Bibliometrics,
  • Interdisciplinarity,
  • Border fields
Publication Date
2017
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvx020
Citation Information
Jan Youtie, Gregg E. Solomon, Stephen Carley, Seokbeom Kwon, et al.. "Crossing borders: A citation analysis of connections between Cognitive Science and Educational research … and the fields in between" Research Evaluation Vol. 26 Iss. 3 (2017) p. 242 - 255
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jan_youtie/103/