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Title:Understanding the lack of student engagement in Chinese library science undergraduate education
Author(s):Zhou, Lihong; Hu, Yuerong; Xu, Jie
Subject(s):Case study
Lack of student engagement
Library science education
Undergraduate program
Abstract:This research study aimed to investigate the lack of student engagement in Chinese library science (LS) undergraduate education. Specifically, this study aimed to identify and understand the causes of the lack of student engagement and to articulate effective and pragmatic resolving strategies. This study adopted an inductive approach and a single case study design. The LS program at Wuhan University was employed as the case study, at which 29 full-time LS students were interviewed using a semi-structured question script. A thematic analysis of the interview transcripts pointed to 11 causes of the lack of student engagement. The conceptualisation of the research findings suggested revising the existing LS curricular and maintaining dynamic and interactive relationships among three main determinants of student engagement: curricular design, students’ individual interests, and career prospect. This study provides a perspective on the development and survival of LS education in China and shares important lessons and experiences for LS educators and policy makers across international borders.
Issue Date:2017
Citation Info:Zhou, L., Hu, Y., & Xu, J. (2017). Understanding the Lack of Student Engagement in Chinese Library Science Undergraduate Education. In iConference 2017 Proceedings (pp. 124–141).
Series/Report:iConference 2017 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Lihong Zhou, Yuerong Hu, and Jie Xu
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-07-27

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