Studying Students across Borders

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dc.contributor.author Kreidieh, S.
dc.contributor.author Click, A.
dc.contributor.author Stopel, M.
dc.contributor.author Alam, M. T.
dc.contributor.author Flanagan, D.
dc.contributor.author Foster, N. F.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-31T13:14:26Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-31T13:14:26Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-05-23
dc.identifier.issn 2168-488X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/6109
dc.description.abstract Librarians often feel that we understand the needs of our undergraduate users. Isn’t it possible, however, that we make incorrect assumptions based on our perception of these learners? In 2009, representatives from four American style universities, the American University in Cairo, the American University of Sharjah, the Lebanese-American University, and the American University of Paris, conducted an ethnographic study on their respective campuses. These librarians undertook the project in order to learn more about how students use library and campus spaces for learning, and how they conduct academic research. For the mapping study, students marked a campus map as they moved throughout a typical class day, and then explained their movements in an interview with a librarian. In the photograph study, students responded to a series of prompts by taking a series of photographs and then described the significance of each in a follow-up interview. Librarians assessed the data and identified assumptions, surprises, and overall themes. Each library then developed action plans to address the needs of the users, and to make necessary changes. The study demonstrates the usefulness of ethnographic research in developing library policies and services. It also identified the differences and commonalities between individual students, and the specific cultures in which they are situated, both academically and socially. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Studying Students across Borders en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle An Ethnographic Study of Research Behavior en_US
dc.author.school N/A en_US
dc.author.idnumber 197401890 en_US
dc.author.department N/A en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal International journal of library science en_US
dc.journal.volume 5 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 1-16 en_US
dc.keywords Ethnography en_US
dc.keywords Undergraduate students en_US
dc.keywords Library spaces en_US
dc.keywords Academic research en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Click, A., Stöpel, M., Alam, M., Kreidieh, S., Flanagan, D., Foster, N. F., & Ray, K. (2012). Studying Students across Borders: An Ethnographic Study of Research Behavior. International Journal of Library Science, 5(1), 1-16 en_US
dc.author.email skrdieh@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.ceser.in/ceserp/index.php/ijls/article/view/2955 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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