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Human Information InteractionAn Ecological Approach to Information Behavior$
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Raya Fidel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017008

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017008.001.0001

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Theoretical Constructs and Models in Information-Seeking Behavior

Theoretical Constructs and Models in Information-Seeking Behavior

(p.49) 3 Theoretical Constructs and Models in Information-Seeking Behavior
Human Information Interaction

Raya Fidel

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses various theoretical constructs, such as laws, models, and conceptual frameworks, in information-seeking behavior. It first looks at theories in library and information science (LIS), including “in-house” theories. In particular, it examines the work of Elfreda Chatman, the most notable LIS theorist in human information interaction, like her theory of life in the round and living life in the round. Another theory developed by Chatman is the theory of normative behavior, which consists of four concepts: social norms, worldview, social types, and human information behavior. The chapter then turns to theories borrowed from other fields such as psychology and phenomenography.

Keywords:   theoretical constructs, laws, models, conceptual frameworks, information-seeking behavior, theories, library and information science, Elfreda Chatman, human information behavior, psychology

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