ERIC Number: ED246987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of the Journal Literature in Early Childhood Education.
Lukasevich, Ann; Summers, Edward G.
A study was conducted in which bibliometric techniques were applied to a collection of journal articles to identify the most important journals publishing information in the field of early childhood education. Specifically, 242 journals included in ERIC's "Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE)" were identified and assigned to core or peripheral categories of importance. This grouping was then examined to determine whether the information followed the bibliometric regularity observed in the literature of other disciplines. Bradfordian regularity in the distribution of articles across journals was demonstrated. In addition, the distribution of published articles across time (1969-82) was analyzed to pinpoint quantitative trends in publication and to predict possible future trends. With ERIC descriptors, an analysis was made of topics most frequently appearing in the literature. It was found that, across this same time period, 216 descriptors were used 30 times or more to index the articles cited in "CIJE" and an additional group of documents cited in "Resources in Education." These 216 descriptors thus provided a general idea of the content of recent early childhood education literature. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Bibliometrics; British Columbia; Information Analysis; Journal Articles