An exploratory study: Using adapted interactive research design and contributive research method

Susan Carter, Cecily Andersen, Adrian Stagg, Lorraine Gaunt

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This paper describes a nuanced methodological approach that responds to the notion that knowledge is socially positioned.

Method: Four researchers sought to answer: How can Contributive Research Method be employed in a workshop with participants to build knowledge, provide trustworthy data collection, and leverage the opportunity to revise open content? Using an Adapted Interactive Model of Research Design (adapted from Maxwell, 2009) for engaging in the Contributive Research Method (Puig et al., 2018), data was gathered from an online satellite event, involving 34 institutions from Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Of the 97 participants, 57 contributed data. The presentation utilized digital tools (Mentimeter, and with an online learning community to promote the wellbeing of librarians.

Results: An Adapted Interactive Research Design (AIRD) together with a Contributive Research Method (CRM) (Puig et al., 2018) and CAST analysis (AIRD with CRM + CAST) were effective as a nuanced research design. 

Conclusions: Contributive Research creates an opportunity to truly blend research with the scholarship of learning and teaching where it could be used in Higher Education during lectures and potentially in classrooms. Findings contribute to the body of literature on methodology and may be applicable to similar studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102620
Number of pages11
JournalThe Journal of Academic Librarianship
Issue number1
Early online date11 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2023


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