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SCIENTISTS AND INFORMATION: II. PERSONAL FACTORS IN INFORMATION BEHAVIOUR

JUDITH PALMER (Agricultural and Food Research Council Institute of Arable Crops Research, Rothamsted Experimental Station Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 1 March 1991

Abstract

The Kirton Adaption‐Innovation Inventory and the Learning Styles Questionnaire were used as part of a wider investigation, reported in an earlier paper, to explore the influence of personality, discipline and organisational structure on the information behaviour of biochemists, entomologists and statisticians working at an agricultural research station (n = 67). Results from the psychometric tests were assessed in terms of the groups obtained from a cluster analysis. Groups identified by the KAI as Innovators and by the LSQ as Activists sought information more widely, more enthusiastically and from more diverse sources than other groups. Groups identified as Adaptors by the KAI and Reflectors by the LSQ, were more controlled, methodical and systematic in their information behaviour.

Citation

PALMER, J. (1991), "SCIENTISTS AND INFORMATION: II. PERSONAL FACTORS IN INFORMATION BEHAVIOUR", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 47 No. 3, pp. 254-275. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb026880

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