C. & Rice, R.E. (1998). Scholarly communication in developmental
Influence of network structure on change in a hybrid problem area. Journal
of the American Society for Information Science, 49(2), 151-168.
Based on Mulkay’s and Kuhn’s models of change in scientific structure,
a scientific communicational model of the emergence of a hybrid
area was developed and tested in the field of developmental dyslexia.
included co-citation data on 74 dyslexia researchers at three points in
time, who-to-whom communication network data, survey responses,
association and biographical sources, online reference and citation
publications, grant databases, and telephone interviews. Researchers
partitioned into "blocks" of similar scientists on the basis of
and communication relations, compared on selected network-level and
characteristics in order to validate block labels, and situated
in the politics and advances surrounding the problem area. Results show
support for Mulkay’s model of branching instead of Kuhn’s model of
revolution. Evidence points to divergence rather than convergence among
the related research areas, but suggests the need for longitudinal
in order to rule out the impact of the inertia of aggregate co-citation
data. Implications for theory methodology, and research are discussed.
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