Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 36: 51-62 (1996)

短報Brief Communication

我が国の高等教育機関における「情報」という語の意味とその変遷Changing of the term “information” in higher educational institutions in Japan

発行日:1998年3月31日Published: March 31, 1998

The purpose of this study is to examine the change of the meanings of the term “information” as appeared in names of departments and courses in Japanese universities, mainly in the context of the influence of the policies by the Ministry of Education. This research analyzed the names of 272 departments and courses which have the term “information”. They were classified into three periods by the years when they were established; the 1st period (1968–1985), the 2nd (1986–1992), the 3rd (1993–1996). These periods correspond with the three different policies of the Ministry of Education. Terms which appear in the names other than the term “information” were analyzed. Main results are as follows; 1) Number of departments and courses which have names including the term “information” increased from the 1st period to the 3rd in relation with the policies of the Ministry of Education. 2) At the 1st period the term “information” was almost synonymous with the term “computer”. At the 2nd it was used with terms of various fields which apparently have no specific relationship with it. The meaning of the term “information” became diversified, showing the interdisciplinary nature of information-related departments and courses at the 3rd.

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