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Session
Workshop 5a: Using Reflection and Reflexivity to Enhance Information Research
Time:
Sunday, 25/Mar/2018:
9:00am - 10:30am


Session Abstract

Reflective practice, analytic reflection and reflexivity, are recognized characteristics of qualitative inquiry and evaluation research. Reflecting is central to action research and autoethnography, but informs the whole process of social inquiry, for both qualitative and quantitative researchers. Methodology texts emphasize its role in data collection, analysis and reporting, but also discuss its use in reviewing literature, developing research questions and hypotheses, locating researchers ideologically, surfacing assumptions, and assessing contributions to scholarship. There is a shortage of accessible practical guidance on being a reflective and reflexive researcher, which threatens the quality of information research. We propose a collaborative initiative to fill this gap. Our hands-on interactive workshop invites early-career researchers and experienced scholars to explore a selection of frameworks, models, and tools for reflective inquiry, and assess their utility for iResearch. We also invite participants to augment our toolkit by sending us material in advance, or bringing suggestions to the event.


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Using Reflection and Reflexivity to Enhance Information Research

Sheila Mary Corrall, Alison Jane Pickard

Reflective practice, analytic reflection and (particularly) reflexivity, are generally recognized as core characteristics of qualitative inquiry and evaluation research. Reflecting (along with planning, acting and observing) is an explicit step in the classic fourfold cycle of action research, but also forms an integral, often taken-for-granted, part of the whole process of social inquiry for both qualitative and quantitative researchers. Methods texts in our own and other domains reference the use of reflection in reviewing literature, developing research questions, formulating hypotheses, and judging research contributions; they acknowledge its crucial role in locating researchers ideologically and surfacing their assumptions, and foreground its use in data collection, analysis and reporting. Yet there is a shortage of accessible practical guidance on being a reflective and reflexive researcher, threatening the quality of information research. This workshop will collaboratively explore some frameworks, models, and tools available to facilitate reflective inquiry and assess their utility for iResearch.



 
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