Information acquisition in history Ph.D. students: inferencing and the formation of knowledge structures

  • Cole C
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Abstract

Reports the results of a study of 45 Ph.D. history students who were asked questions about cognitive activity related to information events. Draws the following tentative conclusions about the characteristics of Ph.D. history students' knowledge structure and information process: they become informed in a four part information process; they have a two part knowledge structure, which allows for data storage; and as a result of these 2 characteristics, elaborative inferencing for history Ph.D. students is hybrid, occurring both 'online' and 'offline'. (Original abstract - amended)

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  • History
  • Information seeking behaviour
  • Postgraduate students

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