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Visualizing the Intellectual Structure and Development Trend of Guidance Relationship Research in China: A Bibliometric Analysis

Ping Jiang, Xuebo Zhu


Since the 1990s, the guidance relationship (GR) has attracted the attention of Chineseacademics, yielding fruitful research results. Employing CiteSpace software, 240 publications included in the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) database core collection from 1996 to 2021 were analysed to reveal the current state, popular themes, and frontier issues of the GR field. The results showed that(1)the number of GR-related publications is swinging upward. (2)the most prolific authors mainly included Xu L., Wu D.J., Liu B.H, and Bei D.R., (3)while the School of Education and Marxism played a leading role in GR research. A key result was that a stable core group of authors has not yet formed in the GR field. (4)The principal research hotspots included postgraduate training, mentoring responsibility and guiding-learning communication.


Guidance Relationship; Citespace; Research Hotspots

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/mmf.v6i6.6184