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ERIC Number: ED357232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 7
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Characteristics of Literature Cited in the "Journal of Agricultural Education": An Empirical Study.
Radhakrishna, Rama B.; And Others
A citation analysis study examined the nature of sources cited in the articles published in five volumes of the "Journal of Agricultural Education" (JAE) during the decade 1980-1990. Information was sought concerning the citation structure of the JAE over the 10-year period, the relative importance of types of citations referenced by authors publishing articles in the JAE, and the structure of the agricultural and extension discipline as indicated by self-identity and compactness. A systematic sample of 19 issues comprising 162 articles was analyzed to accomplish the study objectives; citations were categorized according to Goldsmith's (1983) research. Some of the results of the study were the following: (1) the number of articles and the number of citations used have increased over the years, with the mean number of citations per article more than doubling; (2) agricultural educators are most likely to quote information from journals (26 percent), followed by books (24 percent), bulletins and reports (23 percent), dissertations and theses (13 percent), and magazines and conference proceedings (8 percent); (3) the use of journals, books, bulletins and reports, dissertations and theses, and conference proceedings has increased over the years, and the use of magazines has declined; and (4) frequent citation of the same journals reveals that the discipline of agricultural education research appears to have a strong self-identity and that it is compact. The study concluded that agricultural educators and the JAE should branch out by conducting and publishing research in nontraditional areas of agricultural education and by examining and citing more research conducted in other disciplines. (Contains 18 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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