What's your epistemology? Quiz design as a pedagogical tool in library & information science doctoral education

Beth Strickland, Emily Lawrence

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


We propose that collaboratively developing a quiz that identifies individuals’ epistemologies is an effective way to meet critical pedagogical ends in Library & Information Science (LIS) doctoral education. As a case study, we recount the process of creating and sharing one such quiz in a recent research design course at our home institution. Posted to various social media outlets in March 2015, this quiz has since been taken over 25,000 times and has a 69% completion rate. The pedagogical impact of this tool has thus extended far beyond a single classroom. We evaluate the current LIS PhD research methods and design course requirements of programs in North America to contextualize our arguments regarding the value of quiz design as a pedagogical tool. Using an activity theory framework, we suggest a plan for productively employing quiz design in relevant doctoral courses. Ultimately, we contend that the process of designing and implementing an epistemology quiz can help LIS faculty teach a complicated subject matter to beginning researchers. Further, the quiz can help LIS doctoral students to (1) make sense of methodological differences, (2) engage in epistemological perspective-taking, and (3) fruitfully negotiate epistemological and methodological disputes with colleagues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2015 by Association for Information Science and Technology


  • LIS Education
  • Methodology
  • Pedagogy
  • Research Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (all)
  • Library and Information Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'What's your epistemology? Quiz design as a pedagogical tool in library & information science doctoral education'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this