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dc.contributor.author Cooper, Janet
dc.contributor.author Lewis, Rachael
dc.contributor.author Urquhart, Christine
dc.date.accessioned 2006-08-10T10:38:15Z
dc.date.available 2006-08-10T10:38:15Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation Cooper , J , Lewis , R & Urquhart , C 2004 , ' Using participant or non-participant observation to explain information behaviour ' Information Research , pp. 9-4 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 69767
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/238
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/238
dc.identifier.uri http://informationr.net/ir/9-4/paper184.html en
dc.description Cooper, J., Lewis, R. & Urquhart, C. (2004). Using participant or non-participant observation to explain information behaviour. Information Research, 9(4). Retrieved August 3, 2006 from http://informationr.net/ir/9-4/paper184.html Sponsorship: AHRC (Cooper). en
dc.description.abstract The aim of the paper is to provide guidance on conducting participant and non-participant observation studies of information behaviour. Examines lessons learned during non-participant observation of hospital pharmacists, and participant observation with dependent older people living in their own homes. Describes the methods used in both studies, and discusses the ethical issues involved in gaining access to the subjects. In the hospital setting, professional affiliation between the researcher and the subjects (6 pharmacists) made access easier to obtain. In the home care setting, access to subjects (7 clients) for participant observation (as a care worker) was more difficult, as was withdrawal from the field study. In both studies, the observation element was triangulated with survey data. Both studies indicated the fundamental need for trust between the observer and the research subjects. In some situations, professional relations offer instant access and trust, whereas in closed and sensitive situations such as social care, time is required to build up trust. With participant observation, that trust should not be damaged by withdrawal of the researcher from the research setting. en
dc.format.extent 6 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Information Research en
dc.title Using participant or non-participant observation to explain information behaviour en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Department of Information Studies en
dc.contributor.institution Information Behaviour and e-learning en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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