The Potentials and Trends of Virtual Reality in Education

A Bibliometric Analysis on Top Research Studies in the Last Two Decades
  • Dejian Liu
  • Kaushal Kumar BhagatEmail author
  • Yuan Gao
  • Ting-Wen Chang
  • Ronghuai Huang
Part of the Smart Computing and Intelligence book series (SMCOMINT)


Virtual reality has gained worldwide interest among the researchers in the field of educational technology recently. This chapter presents an overview of virtual reality research in education and also a bibliometric analysis was performed to evaluate the publications on virtual reality from 1995 to 2016, based on the Thomson Reuters’s Web of Science (WoS). A total of 975 related documents were analyzed based on their publication patterns (documents types and languages, major journals and their publications, most prolific authors, most productive journals and their publications, and international collaborations). Bibliometric results show that the number of article has been increasing since 1995 exponentially. USA, UK and Chinese Taipei are the top 3 most productive countries/regions which are involved in virtual reality research in education. The findings would help the researchers to understand current developments and barriers in applications of virtual reality in education.


Virtual reality Education Bibliometric analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dejian Liu
    • 1
  • Kaushal Kumar Bhagat
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yuan Gao
    • 1
  • Ting-Wen Chang
    • 1
  • Ronghuai Huang
    • 1
  1. 1.Smart Learning InstituteBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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