Metodval i magisteruppsatser : En studie av magisteruppsatser vid Bibliotekshögskolan i Borås

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Högskolan i Borås/Institutionen Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap / Bibliotekshögskolan; Högskolan i Borås/Institutionen Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap / Bibliotekshögskolan

Sammanfattning: The aim of this meta-study is to present an overview of the methods used in Master theses written at The Swedish School of Library and Information Science at the University of Borås, where all Master theses from 1999, 2004, and 2009 has been studied. The aim includes examining if there is a connection between college (Swedish term: kollegium) belonging and methods used but also to examine and compare the qualitative and/or quantitative approaches to the methods. In the 252 Master theses studied, 353 different choices of method are recognized. After taking note of the methods, six categories are created in which the methods are placed. The categories are: Interview, IR-test, Observation, Studies of Text, Survey, and Other. The result is presented in charts to give a clear overview and allow comparisons between years and/or colleges. The result of the study shows that over the three years the interview based studies is the most used method, followed closely by text analysis. Together these two categories represent three quarters of all methods used. The qualitative approach is the most commonly used. Furthermore the result shows that choice of method within a college shows similarities between the examined years, when, to an extent, the same methods are used similarly within all the examined years. A comparison between the colleges shows that there is a difference in choice of method depending on the college belonging.

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