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Autoethnography in Information Science Research: A Transformative Generation and Sharing of Knowledge or a Fallacy?

Autoethnography in Information Science Research: A Transformative Generation and Sharing of Knowledge or a Fallacy?
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Author(s): Vicki Lawal (University of Fort Hare, South Africa) and Connie Bitso (University of Fort Hare, South Africa)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 25
Source title: Handbook of Research on Connecting Research Methods for Information Science Research
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patrick Ngulube (University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1471-9.ch007

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Abstract

This chapter examines the concept of autoethnography as a qualitative research method. It aims to investigate the critical question of the importance of autoethnography as a transformative scientific research method for the purpose of generating and sharing knowledge to advance research in information science. The chapter is an exploratory study investigating the current context of autoethnography in information science, its applicability to the field for transformative learning and knowledge sharing, and possible challenges to be experienced. Findings indicate the potential of the autoethnographic method to provide the opportunity for information professionals to study experiences of information use in diverse contexts of information science. Recommendations highlight the viability of the application of Sense Making theory and the Information Search Process (ISP) model to research practices in autoethnography by information scientists.

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