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Exploring youth information-seeking behaviour and mobile technologies through a secondary analysis of qualitative data

Bowler, Leanne, Julien, Heidi and Haddon, Leslie (2018) Exploring youth information-seeking behaviour and mobile technologies through a secondary analysis of qualitative data. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 50 (3). pp. 322-331. ISSN 0961-0006

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0961000618769967

Abstract

This paper examines issues associated with secondary analysis of qualitative data and their implications for information behaviour scholarship. Secondary data analysis poses a range of potential challenges for data creators, but also opportunities, including the ability to expand theory to a wider context, strengthen the reliability and validity of existing theory, gain access to populations that may be difficult to access, and to promote data archiving. The paper uses as a case study of secondary data analysis the results from our re-examination of data gathered previously in the European Union project Net Children Go Mobile, drawing from the interview transcripts from the 34 children in the UK data set. Our approach to secondary analysis was reanalysis, applying a new interpretive lens to the data that necessitated new questions in order to reveal hidden layers in the data. The data was analysed for evidence of information behaviour in order to understand how mobile technologies may be changing the way that young people seek and use information. The reanalysis of the data set supported existing models of information behaviour but revealed new ways of information seeking based on the affordances of screen size and data plans.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/lis
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 08:03
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 05:46
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/90385

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