ERIC Number: ED190131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Up the Pyramid! Application of a Multi-Dimensional Model for STI Behavior Research.
Callahan, Daniel; And Others
This study demonstrates the systems approach to scientific and technical information behavior research through the application of a multidimensional model to data concerning the effects of higher level variables on professional job types. The model was first developed in a study examining organizational barriers to the flow of STI in organizations. The study collects data on the information-related attitudes and behavior of more than 500 scientists working in a variety of organizations. Secondary analysis of these data culminates with the development and testing of the systems model. Discriminant analysis methodology is applied to the findings and nine variables are found to best account for variance among six job types. Profiles of job types are developed according to relative rankings of the predictive variables. A classification scheme is then developed which groups them along print, verbal, and STI dimensions. Graphing of the scores of the job types on the predictors results in a guide for assessing the degree of similarity among job types. (Author/RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation. Washington, DC. Div. of Information Science and Technology.
Authoring Institution: Applied Communication Research, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers: Information Behavior Research; Scientific and Technical Information
Note: Paper presented at the American Society for Information Science Mid-Year Meeting (Pittsburgh, PA, May 15-17, 1980).