Analysis of Trends of Character-Related Research in Science Education

과학교육에서 인성 관련 연구의 동향 분석

  • Received : 2017.05.13
  • Accepted : 2017.06.22
  • Published : 2017.06.30


The purpose of this study is to investigate the trends of character-related research in science education by analyzing science education research literatures in South Korea. To this end, literatures on character were extracted from the KCI-listed journals and theses from 1990 to December 2016, and analyzed according to the criteria such as terms relating to character, year of publication, research design and method, and research content. A total of 54 KCI-listed papers and 67 theses were extracted. As a result, 46%, 49%, and 5% of the researches include the terms like character, ethic, and moral in their titles. According to the year of publication, it was found that the number of research papers related to character increased rapidly by more than two times in 2012 as compared to the past years. According to research objects, researches about gifted students were the most common, and when considering the ratio of gifted students to general students, many studies related to character concentrated on gifted students. Starting 2009, research papers on qualitative and hybrid research design begin to advance as compared the number of papers in quantitative research design. With regards to research methods used, seven methods were classified; five of them ranged from 16% to 19% while interpretive research method was 12% and test tool validity study was the lowest at 2%. By extracting 30 representative keywords so as to analyze the contents of character-related researches, we found various implications to character in relation to nature and researches about SSI, etc. As time passed by, the contents of character-related research in science education became more diversified and the number of researches increased. New research contents appeared due to the needs of the times.


character;literature review;research trend


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