Contemplative Inquiry

A Novel Research Methodology for Information Science

Authors

  • Hugh Samson Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29173/cais1216

Keywords:

contemplative inquiry, introspective methods, critical first-person perspectives, diverse ways of knowing, information research

Abstract

Contemplative inquiry is an introspective methodology that values first-person perspectives and diverse ways of knowing. This paper introduces contemplative inquiry as a promising methodology for information science research. The methodology is first contextualized within a discussion of research at the crossroads of information and contemplation and then elaborated utilizing examples from the author’s thesis research. Possible contributions of the methodology to information science are subsequently highlighted, as are potential future research applications. It is proposed that adoption of the methodology will offer information science researchers the techniques and tools necessary to explore fundamental questions regarding human contemplative experiences and growth.

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Published

2021-05-31

How to Cite

Samson, H. (2021). Contemplative Inquiry: A Novel Research Methodology for Information Science. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes Du congrès Annuel De l’ACSI. https://doi.org/10.29173/cais1216

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