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Domain Analysis for Knowledge Organization by Richard Smiraglia

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Qualitative analysis

Cognitive work analysis

Abstract

A set of techniques based on qualitative analysis has been used with good results to analyze the functioning of a domain from an ethnographic perspective. The most recent evolution of the methodology is based on a technique called cognitive work analysis, which incorporates a set of techniques that are derived from qualitative research methods, which in turn are based on the theoretical paradigm of symbolic interaction. What emerges from this brief introduction to qualitative approaches to domain analysis is the great richness that can be provided by the contextual perspective uncovered through qualitative methods. For every empirical study that elicits term lists and conceptual structures ...

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