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

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


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.

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ID Code: 57651
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This journal has been absorbed by another, and it seems that only print copies are currently available of the older issues of the journal. QUT and other libraries hold such issues
Keywords: phenomenography, qualitative research, HCI, end user training
ISSN: 1361-455X
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 1999 Taylor Graham
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2013 04:06
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2013 16:07

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