Using focus groups to gather information for LIS curriculum review
Focus groups can provide a useful means of gathering information for use in making decisions about core and elective courses in a library and information science (LIS) curriculum. Ideally, the focus group consists of six to eight people who are invited to participate in a discussion of some issues of common interest. Before implementing focus groups, the curriculum committee should decide what it wants to know and whom it wants to participate. The focus group should be conducted in a businesslike but pleasant manner. Opinions offered by the focus group should be fed by the curriculum committee into a decision apparatus. Focus groups are beneficial in that they enable employers to experience involvement with LIS program review and can teach faculty what employers expect from new graduates of LIS programs.
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, Volume 39, Issue 3, Summer 1998, pages 174-181. http://jelis.org/ © 1998