LIS Learning Culture: Identifying Disaffected Students

Dow, Elizabeth. H (2011)

JELIS (52,1) p 32-40


Academic disciplines all have different teaching and learning cultures that reflect their histories, values and established methods. Through semi-structured interviews analyzed using grounded-theory methods, this study investigated the learning experience of students in Schools of Library and Information Science as it compared to their previous academic experience. The results showed that students with only a bachelor's degree experienced little difference beyond the size of the work load. Students with graduate education in a skill-based discipline or one with occupational implications experienced little difficulty with the culture. Students with previous graduate education in the humanities, however, found the LIS culture very different from their previous graduate work and that it differed greatly from their expectations of graduate education. Reprinted by permission of the publisher