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ERIC Number: EJ792992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8329
Collaborative Behaviour amongst LIS Students: A Study of Attitudes and Practices at Loughborough University
Hodgkinson, David M.
Education for Information, v24 n2-3 p125-138 2006
This article reports on a piece of research conducted as part of an undergraduate dissertation, to identify student opinions on collaboration and perceived advantages, disadvantages and barriers to knowledge sharing. Collaborative behaviour is investigated and analysed, including the use of two specific online tools. Research is conducted through an online questionnaire and three focus groups. The research finds a positive attitude towards collaboration, with friendship, community and knowledge sharing being seen as principal benefits. Plagiarism and loss of originality are identified as disadvantages, with time, motivation, trust and confidence being shown to be the most significant barriers to knowledge sharing. The research concludes that there is a strong case for universities to become more involved in the active encouragement and facilitation of collaboration, and that further research would be worthwhile. (Contains 5 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom