A Cluster Analysis of LIS Students in Singapore and Implications for Defining Areas of Specialization

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105300
Title:
A Cluster Analysis of LIS Students in Singapore and Implications for Defining Areas of Specialization
Author:
Khoo, Christopher S.G.; Higgins, Susan Ellen; Foo, Schubert; Lim, Sey-Peng
Citation:
A Cluster Analysis of LIS Students in Singapore and Implications for Defining Areas of Specialization 2004, 45(1):36-57 Journal of Education for Library and Information Science
Journal:
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science
Issue Date:
2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105300
Submitted date:
2005-03-29
Abstract:
A study of the subject interests of LIS students in Singapore was carried out via a questionnaire survey of students and graduates of the master of science (MSc) information studies program at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, as well as survey of applications to the program. Cluster analysis was performed on the questionnaire data. The respondents were clustered based on the elective subjects that they selected in the questionnaires. For both sets of data, two distinct clusters were found - a library-oriented cluster and an information technology (IT)/information management-oriented cluster. In each cluster, further sub-clusters were found that correspond to known specializations in the field. An analysis of the relationship between the clusters and the areas of specialization selected by respondents indicated some ways of improving the areas of specialization defined in the MSc program. The cluster analyses were found to yield useful results and provided a better understanding of the students' interests and how the interests were structured.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Library and Information Science Education
Local subject classification:
Students perceptions; Curriculum redesign; Student-centered institution

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dc.contributor.authorKhoo, Christopher S.G.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHiggins, Susan Ellenen_US
dc.contributor.authorFoo, Schuberten_US
dc.contributor.authorLim, Sey-Pengen_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-03-29T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:23:20Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.date.submitted2005-03-29en_US
dc.identifier.citationA Cluster Analysis of LIS Students in Singapore and Implications for Defining Areas of Specialization 2004, 45(1):36-57 Journal of Education for Library and Information Scienceen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105300-
dc.description.abstractA study of the subject interests of LIS students in Singapore was carried out via a questionnaire survey of students and graduates of the master of science (MSc) information studies program at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, as well as survey of applications to the program. Cluster analysis was performed on the questionnaire data. The respondents were clustered based on the elective subjects that they selected in the questionnaires. For both sets of data, two distinct clusters were found - a library-oriented cluster and an information technology (IT)/information management-oriented cluster. In each cluster, further sub-clusters were found that correspond to known specializations in the field. An analysis of the relationship between the clusters and the areas of specialization selected by respondents indicated some ways of improving the areas of specialization defined in the MSc program. The cluster analyses were found to yield useful results and provided a better understanding of the students' interests and how the interests were structured.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectLibrary and Information Science Educationen_US
dc.subject.otherStudents perceptionsen_US
dc.subject.otherCurriculum redesignen_US
dc.subject.otherStudent-centered institutionen_US
dc.titleA Cluster Analysis of LIS Students in Singapore and Implications for Defining Areas of Specializationen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Education for Library and Information Scienceen_US
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