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Exploring Latent Topics and International Research Trends in Competency-Based Education Using Topic Modeling

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Graduate School of Education, Gachon University, 1342 Seongnam-daero, Sujung-gu 13120, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
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Department of Applied Statistics, Gachon University, 1342 Seongnam-daero, Sujung-gu 13120, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
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Academic Editor: Kendall Hartley
Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(6), 303; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11060303
Received: 24 May 2021 / Revised: 14 June 2021 / Accepted: 16 June 2021 / Published: 19 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Curriculum and Instruction)
Recently, there has been growing educational interest in competency. Global organizations, such as the United Nations (UN) and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which are leading the discourse on education reform, are undertaking the lead in spreading awareness regarding competency education. Since 2015, the number of published articles on competency education has been rapidly increasing. This paper aims to provide significant implications for creating a sustainable future of competency education. A topic modeling method was used to empirically analyze latent topics and international research trends in 26,532 articles published on competency-based education (CBE). As a result of the analysis, 15 topics were derived, including “approach to competency development.” In addition, five topics including “learning skills” and “teacher training” were found to be hot topics with the increasing article publication. The rapidly changing modern society is calling for a transformation in education. We hope that the results of this study paves the way for further research exploring new directions for education, such as competency education. View Full-Text
Keywords: competency-based education (CBE); topic modeling; Latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA); research trends; competencies competency-based education (CBE); topic modeling; Latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA); research trends; competencies
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Paek, S.; Um, T.; Kim, N. Exploring Latent Topics and International Research Trends in Competency-Based Education Using Topic Modeling. Educ. Sci. 2021, 11, 303. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11060303

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Paek S, Um T, Kim N. Exploring Latent Topics and International Research Trends in Competency-Based Education Using Topic Modeling. Education Sciences. 2021; 11(6):303. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11060303

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Paek, Seungsu, Taehun Um, and Namhyoung Kim. 2021. "Exploring Latent Topics and International Research Trends in Competency-Based Education Using Topic Modeling" Education Sciences 11, no. 6: 303. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11060303

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