IJIET 2017 Vol.7(8): 581-584 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2017.7.8.935

A Scientometric Review of the Current Status and Emerging Trends in Project-Based Learning

Yong-Xin Li, Hui-Min Lai, and Chin-Pin Chen

Abstract—Project-based Learning (PBL) is an effective teaching and learning method, it can promote the performance of the learner to adapt the future work environment. The aim of this study is to provide a perspective on PBL that identify the current status, emerging trends, and certain important themes. By mining the database of Web of Science (WoS), the study had collected 522 references about PBL. By utilizing the application software of WoS and CiteSpace to analyze the data, the study had identified the current status and main emerging trends of PBL. The hottest trends and most popular topics over the past 20 years were discussed. The most popular topics of PBL includes: “the changing global economy”, “project ecologies”, “flexible environment”, “collaborative teamwork”, “enhanced graduate attribute”, “teacher belief”, “engineering design thinking”, and “community involvement” etc. Finally, the findings from this study can provide a knowledge map to researchers and practitioners for future work.

Index Terms—Project-based learning (PBL), web of science (WoS), CiteSpace.

Yong-Xin Li and Chin-Pin Chen are with the Department of Industrial Education and Technology, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan (e-mail: acow0703@gmail.com, iechencp@cc.ncue.edu.tw).
Hui-Min Lai is with the Department of Information Management, Chienkuo Technology University, Taiwan (e-mail: hmin@cc.ctu.edu.tw).

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Cite: Yong-Xin Li, Hui-Min Lai, and Chin-Pin Chen, "A Scientometric Review of the Current Status and Emerging Trends in Project-Based Learning," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 7, no. 8, pp. 581-584, 2017.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
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