Interaction with information in work and everyday life contexts: a qualitative study of the information behaviour of Saudi female academics
thesisposted on 14.01.2016, 15:03 authored by Fatmah M.S. Almehmadi
This study aims to investigate Saudi female academics’ information behaviour (IB) within their work and everyday life contexts. A qualitative research approach was adopted to investigate the range of information behaviour that the research participants engaged in. The data for this study were collected via in-depth semi-structured interviews and diaries. Participants’ accounts were then subject to a rigorous thematic data analysis process. The research findings indicated that female academics who participated in this study engaged in three main categories of information behaviour: information acquisition, information avoidance, and information sharing. The motivations and the strategies associated with each category have been depicted in a taxonomy of information behaviour. In addition, a detailed analysis of participants’ IB as an action-oriented process has been presented visually, leading to the development of a model that depicts IB as a contextual process. [Continues.]
Saudi Arabia, Cultural Bureau (London).
- Information Science