A bibliometric review of research on student outcomes in higher education 1960-2020

Aypay A., Ertem H. Y.

TUNING JOURNAL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, vol.10, no.1, pp.27-63, 2022 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.18543/tjhe.2189
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Directory of Open Access Journals, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.27-63
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This study conducted a bibliometric analysis of studies on student outcomes in higher education from 1960 to 2020, providing a bibliometric content analysis of articles based on 52 Scopus-indexed higher education journals. Bibliometric analysis methodology was used, and Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses were employed to identify and select the 2,375 articles included in the sample. The trajectory of publications over time was also analyzed, and often-cited journals, authors, articles, and co-citations were identified. The topical foci of research on student outcomes were revealed, co-occurrence analysis was performed, and keyword co-occurrence maps are presented. Limitations, interpretation, implications, and recommendations were also made on the basis of the findings.