Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Conceptualizing oral documents
by Turner, Deborah A., Ph.D., University of Washington, 2009, 396; 3370603
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation proposes and explicates the concept of an oral document as a way to ground an exploratory discussion on orality and information behavior. This study isolates and focuses on information conveyed orally. A review of information behavior and allied literatures is used to explain what orality is and why it is important to information science. The meta-theory of social constructionism is used as a framework for defining and exploring the concept of an oral document. The concept of context additionally informs this effort. A field study methodology is used to gather observational data that demonstrate how utterances fit the definition for a document and incorporate properties of a document. Data analysis results in expanding the initial description of the concept under investigation. Results determine that the conceptualization of an oral document introduced is consistent with the concept of document and provides information researchers with extended capabilities for the study and analysis of information and knowledge that is created and conveyed orally. The dissertation provides recommendations for theory, practice, and future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bruce, Harry
School: University of Washington
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: DAI-A 70/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Library science, Information science
Keywords: Documents, Information behavior, Oral documents, Orality
Publication Number: 3370603
ISBN: 9781109316711
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