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The Emergence of Technology in Physical Education: A General Bibliometric Analysis with a Focus on Virtual and Augmented Reality

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Department of Physical Education and Sports, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, University of Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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Department of Teaching and Learning of Physical Education, Plastic and Music Education, Catholic University of Valencia, 46110 Valencia, Spain
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Department of Educational Sciences, University of Oviedo, 33005 Oviedo, Spain
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Department of Sports & IT, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University Pablo de Olavide, 41013 Seville, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2728; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072728
Received: 24 February 2020 / Revised: 18 March 2020 / Accepted: 25 March 2020 / Published: 30 March 2020
Technology has been gradually introduced into our society, and the field of education is no exception due to technology’s ability to improve the teaching–learning process. Furthermore, within the area of physical education (PE), its importance has been highlighted by the existence of specific apps for physical activity that can be used inside and outside the classroom to assess physical condition, as well as through the potential that virtual and augmented reality can have in such assessment. Therefore, the main objectives for this study were (1) to perform a bibliometric analysis of the articles published in the Web of Science (WoS) on technology in PE and (2) to analyze the articles published on augmented or virtual reality in PE found through this search. The results show that although studies on technology in PE (461 articles) have begun to consolidate over the last five years (there was a turning point in 2015), with the USA being the most influential country in this area, specific research on the use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) is still at a very early stage (22 articles with a small growth in 2017), with Spain being the most influential country; much more research is needed to achieve its consolidation. View Full-Text
Keywords: technology; physical education; virtual reality; augmented reality; bibliometric analysis technology; physical education; virtual reality; augmented reality; bibliometric analysis
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Calabuig-Moreno, F.; González-Serrano, M.H.; Fombona, J.; García-Tascón, M. The Emergence of Technology in Physical Education: A General Bibliometric Analysis with a Focus on Virtual and Augmented Reality. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2728.

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