Research Trends in STEM Education from 2011 to 2020: A Systematic Review of Publications in Selected Journals


  • Irwanto Irwanto Department of Chemistry Education, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Jakarta 13220, Indonesia
  • Anip Dwi Saputro Universitas Muhammadiyah Ponorogo, Ponorogo, Indonesia
  • Widiyanti Universitas Negeri Malang
  • M. Firman Ramadhan Universitas Muhammadiyah Mataram
  • Isna Rezkia Lukman Universitas Malikussaleh



literature review, research trends, STEM education, systematic


Nowadays, STEM education plays an essential role in the economic growth and competitiveness of nations. This systematic review was aimed to reveal research trends in STEM education over the last 10 years. A total of 336 studies published in the Journal of Science Education and Technology, Research in Science Education, Journal of Science Teacher Education, International Journal of Science Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and Science Education were selected for analysis. The time span was limited to the period between 2011 to late 2020. All sample papers were then examined to capture the latest research trends and status regarding STEM education that included the number of papers by year, research types, countries’ rank, and the number of authors. To collect data, the formula proposed by Howard et al. [1] was employed to determine the most productive countries in terms of STEM education scholarships. Findings revealed that STEM education has garnered greater attention and it grew rapidly within this period. The most frequent research type used in STEM education were quantitative studies. In addition, the US, Australia, and the Netherlands were the most productive countries in STEM education research. During these ten years, most papers published in selected journals were written by three authors. This indicates that STEM education is an attractive topic to explore collaboratively by researchers and educators around the world.




How to Cite

Irwanto, I., Saputro, A. D., Widiyanti, Ramadhan, M. F., & Lukman, I. R. (2022). Research Trends in STEM Education from 2011 to 2020: A Systematic Review of Publications in Selected Journals. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), 16(05), pp. 19–32.