Leckie/Hopkins - a question of methodology
1. On page 336, the authors note that interviewees were picked by chance, alternating genders. If there is a gender discrepancy regarding who uses a library, could this approach skew their results?
2. On page 346, they mention percentages of patrons engaging in 'studious behavior.' They never really define what 'studious behavior' is. Is simply reading a book 'studious'? Is 'writing' or 'computer use'? How are they defining this??? I feel as if this is a really fuzzy category and I'm not sure if I trust this part of their study - even though they have all of those great tables!
Did this bother anyone else? Or am I just being crabby?