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Using education indexes to map research trends

Allyson Holbrook (Allyson Holbrook is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia.)
Margaret Findlay (Margaret Findlay manages the Cunningham Library at the Australian Council for Educational Research, Camberwell, Australia.)
Sebastian Misson (Sebastian Misson worked at ACER on the Study on the Impact of Educational Research Project and is presently Research Assistant at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, Melbourne, Australia.)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



This paper primarily examines the potential of the Australian Education Index (AEI) as a tool to map and monitor educational research. The authors provide a range of analyses that identify the thrust of research publications in Australia between 1984 and 1997. Key findings pertain to differences in the thrust of theses compared to other publications and to the overall stability in the pattern of research at the global or macro level. The authors also identify the strengths and weaknesses of the AEI with respect to its immediate use in monitoring research trends.



Holbrook, A., Findlay, M. and Misson, S. (2000), "Using education indexes to map research trends", Online Information Review, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 197-212.




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