Phenomenography: opening a new territory for library and information science research

Bruce, Christine (1999) Phenomenography: opening a new territory for library and information science research. New Review of Information and Library Research, 5 (1). pp. 31-48.

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Phenomenography is a research approach devised to allow the investigation of varying ways in which people experience aspects of their world. Whilst growing attention is being paid to interpretative research in LIS, it is not always clear how the outcomes of such research can be used in practice. This article explores the potential contribution of phenomenography in advancing the application of phenomenological and hermeneutic frameworks to LIS theory, research and practice. In phenomenography we find a research toll which in revealing variation, uncovers everyday understandings of phenomena and provides outcomes which are readily applicable to professional practice. THe outcomes may be used in human computer interface design, enhancement, implementation and training, in the design and evaluation of services, and in education and training for both end users and information professionals. A proposed research territory for phenomenography in LIS includes investigating qualitative variation in the experienced meaning of:

1) information and its role in society 2) LIS concepts and principles 3) LIS processes and; 4) LIS elements.

Item ID: 55532
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1361-455X
Keywords: phenomenography; qualitative research; HCI; end user training
Copyright Information: Copyright © 1999 Taylor Graham
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2018 02:49
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0807 Library and Information Studies @ 100%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services @ 100%
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