Collective Consciousness of Information Technology Research

The Research Team
The Significance and Value of Research Projects
Ways of Seeing IT Research, its Objects and Territories
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The Research Team

Researchers: Dr. Christine Bruce
  Prof. Binh Pham
Research assistant: Ian Stoodley

The Significance and Value of Research Projects

The collective consciousness of effective groups of researchers is characterised by shared understandings of their research object or territory. In the relatively new field of information technology research, rapid expansion and fragmentation of the territory has led to different perceptions about what constitutes significant and valuable research. These different views deter the investigation of contemporary problems and issues requiring inter and intra-disciplinary collaboration amongst research groups, and limit the potential for technology transfer to industry. This project explores a facet of the collective consciousness of disparate groups of researchers and lays a foundation for constructing shared research objects. This project was supported by the Australian Computing Society. It was funded through a 2000 QUT Scholarship in the Professions Grant.

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Ways of Seeing IT Research, its Objects and Territories

The field of information technology (IT) research has been subject to rapid expansion, diversification and fragmentation. This project investigates different ways of seeing IT research, its research objects and territories. Clear understanding of the different ways of seeing these facets of IT research is essential to the development of the field; these ways of seeing form the basis of IT researchers’ collective competence and create the distinctive culture of IT research. Outcomes from this study are designed to 1) illuminate the expanding and changing nature of IT research, 2) suggest directions for moulding the IT research culture into a cohesive whole, 3) provide a framework for research development strategies, and 4) lay a foundation for further research. An initial project conducted with faculty members of Information Technology, Education and Health Faculties was funded through a 2001 ATN Small Research Grant. A second project was conducted with research students in the Faculty of Information Technology.

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Journal article

  • Bruce, Christine S. (2000) Information literacy research: dimensions of an emerging collective consciousness. Australian academic and research libraries. 31 (2), 91-109.

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