Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Kathleen Sullivan

Committee Member

Michael Simonson

Committee Member

Kimberly Durham


Traditional journal analysis for the identification of disciplines is limited in developing areas of study due to the lack of journals specific to that area of study. Identifying knowledge domains worthy of study for the identification of developing disciplines has been difficult.

Conferences are at the forefront of building knowledge in scientific communities, particularly in technology related sectors, but less than 10% of conference proceedings are available in conventional knowledge databases. As a result, conference proceedings as a previously unconsidered knowledge domain, may provide the knowledge domain worthy of analysis to identify developmental and incremental change within developing areas of study.

This study proposed a bibliometric analysis of the Conference Proceedings of the Association of Educational and Communications Technology (AECT) from 1979 through 2009 as a knowledge domain that represented Instructional/Educational Technology. Bibliometric indicators were extracted and collected into custom databases for citation and cocitation analyses. Gephi 0.9.2 software was used to create multidimensional graphs to identify developmental and incremental change within the knowledge domain with the purpose of understanding the developmental pattern of Educational/Instructional Technology as a discipline.