Laboratory work, particularly the latest remote laboratories (RLs), has been assumed to have a general positive effect on science education because practical work can provide diverse learning experiences and enhance thinking skills suitable for the 21st century. However, there has not been a synthesis of the science education research to support this assumption. The objective of this study is to systematically review the growth of educational research on laboratory work, particularly in RLs, utilizing a series of review processes with innovative software for visualizing structural relationships. The combined use and support of HistCite and CiteSpace software enabled the visualization of the citation structure and history of articles. The findings revealed that RLs were a state-of-the-art subset of laboratory work and a new way of conducting laboratory work that has gained fairly wide research attention in engineering education over the past two decades. Thus, this innovative literature review process has established a solid background for future research and development efforts on RLs in science education dealing with scientific and engineering practices. Copyright © 2016 Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan.
|Journal||International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education|
|Early online date||Apr 2016|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2017|
Research and Development
CitationTho, S. W., Yeung, Y. Y., Wei, R., Chan, K. W., & So, W. W.-m. (2017). A systematic review of remote laboratory work in science education with the support of visualizing its structure through the HistCite and CiteSpace software. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 15(7), 1217-1236.
- CiteSpace analysis
- HistCite analysis
- Practical work
- Remote laboratories
- Systematic review