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Beliefs, attitudes and perceptions about research and practice in a professional field

Klobas, J.E.ORCID: 0000-0003-2146-7059 and Clyde, L.A. (2010) Beliefs, attitudes and perceptions about research and practice in a professional field. Library & Information Science Research, 32 (4). pp. 237-245.

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Using the theory of planned behavior as a theoretical framework, survey data from 121 authors in the professional field of school librarianship (40% of whom were practitioners) were used to identify beliefs about publishing in the field, attitudes to research and publication, perceived social norms and social influences on research and publication, and perceived barriers to research and publication. The journals in which the authors prefer to publish and their reasons for journal choice are also reported. This is the first reported study to specifically address reasons for publication choice in a professional field, and it indicates that relevance to practice is an important consideration, in addition to scholarly rigor, when authors in professional fields consider where to publish their research. The views and motivations of full professors, other researchers and practitioner-authors were surprisingly similar, although practitioners—who had less research preparation than researchers—were less confident about their ability to conduct and write-up research. Additionally, researchers other than full professors, and practitioners, reported that the encouragements of peers and supervisors or senior colleagues were important social influences for research and publication.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
Copyright: © 2010 Elsevier Inc
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