Describes the basic premises of three metatheories that represent important or emerging perspectives on information seeking, retrieval and knowledge formation in information science: constructivism, collectivism, and constructionism.
Presents a literature‐based conceptual analysis. Pinpoints the differences between the positions in their conceptions of language and the nature and origin of knowledge.
Each of the three metatheories addresses and solves specific types of research questions and design problems. The metatheories thus complement one another. Each of the three metatheories encourages and constitutes a distinctive type of research and learning.
Outlines each metatheory's specific fields of application.
Talja, S., Tuominen, K. and Savolainen, R. (2005), "“Isms” in information science: constructivism, collectivism and constructionism", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 61 No. 1, pp. 79-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/00220410510578023
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