Exploring information experiences through phenomenography

Yates, Christine, Partridge, Helen L., & Bruce, Christine S. (2012) Exploring information experiences through phenomenography. Library and Information Research, 36(112), pp. 96-119.

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Phenomenography is a qualitative research approach that seeks to explore variation in how people experience various aspects of their world. Phenomenography has been used in numerous information research studies that have explored various phenomena of interest in the library and information sphere. This paper provides an overview of the phenomenographic method and discusses key assumptions that underlie this approach to research. Aspects including data collection, data analysis and the outcomes of phenomenographic research are also detailed. The paper concludes with an illustration of how phenomenography was used in research to investigate students’ experiences of web-based information searching. The results of this research demonstrate how phenomenography can reveal variation, making it possible to develop greater understanding of the phenomenon as it was experienced, and to draw upon these experiences to improve and enhance current practice.

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ID Code: 53929
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: phenomenography, information experience, qualitative research, library and information studies
ISSN: 1756-1086
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Copyright Statement: http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/article/view/496
Deposited On: 01 Oct 2012 22:28
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2015 18:26

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