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Session Overview
Workshop 5b: Using Reflection and Reflexivity to Enhance Information Research
Sunday, 25/Mar/2018:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Sheila Mary Corrall, University of Pittsburgh
Location: Conference Room (ICOSS)

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.

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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