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The research circle as a meeting place for researchers and practitioners
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2010 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 15, no 3, colis707- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction. This paper discusses research circles as a method for competence development in the library field. Method. In a research circle practitioners and an academic researcher meet to study an issue or a problem together which they all find important. Research circle work is considered as a kind of action research. Analysis. In this project two circles were put to work in order to try the method in a library context and the practitioners conducted several small studies related to the general problem of the circle, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Results. The circle work gave opportunities to discuss library matters with colleagues from a distant perspective. It also generated important discussions about how to formulate workable research questions and how to choose the right methods in order to answer them. Furthermore, the results showed that the practitioners possessed knowledge of great importance for the circle's work. Conclusions. The research circle was a working method with great flexibility, with appeal to practitioners both with and without research experience. It also brings academic researchers and practitioners together and creates social networks based on the general problem of the circle.

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2010. Vol. 15, no 3, colis707- p.
Keyword [en]
Research circles, Evidence based library and information practice, EBLIP
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-146594ISI: 000285635800009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-146594DiVA: diva2:398505
Available from: 2011-02-17 Created: 2011-02-17 Last updated: 2011-03-02Bibliographically approved

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