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Informal communication in the humanities: A qualitative inquiry

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Title: Informal communication in the humanities: A qualitative inquiry
Author(s): Pandit, Idrisa
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Smith, Linda C.
Department / Program: Library and Information Science
Discipline: Library and Information Science
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Library Science Speech Communication Information Science
Abstract: This study examined the informal communication patterns of humanities scholars. A qualitative inquiry based on in-depth interviews was conducted. Thirty-six scholars from three humanities disciplines--history, philosophy, and literature--participated in various stages of the study. The intent was to find out how humanists perceive informal communication, what impact it has on their research and how their research shapes their informal communication. Also explored were the differences and commonalities in the three disciplines.This study found most of the stereotypes about humanities scholars do not hold true any more. The perceived value of informal contacts was found to vary with a scholar's discipline, specialty or research orientation.
Issue Date: 1992
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/20334
Rights Information: Copyright 1992 Pandit, Idrisa
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9236563
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9236563
 

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