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From informational reading to information literacy: Change and continuity in document work in Swedish schools
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. Curtin University. (LinCS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4178-0563
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (LinCS)
2018 (English)In: Journal of Documentation, ISSN 0022-0418, E-ISSN 1758-7379, Vol. 74, no 5, p. 1042-1052Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to historicise research conducted in the fields of Information Seeking and Learning and Information Literacy and thereby begin to outline a description of the history of information in the context of Swedish compulsory education.

Design/methodology/approach. Document work and documentary practices are used as alternatives to concepts such as information seeking or information behaviour. Four empirical examples of document work – more specifically informational reading – recorded in Swedish primary classrooms in the 1960s are presented.

Findings. In the recordings, the reading style students use is similar to informational reading in contemporary educational settings: it is fragmentary, facts-oriented, and procedure-oriented. The practice of finding correct answers, rather than analysing and discussing the contents of a text seems to continue from lessons organised around print textbooks in the 1960s to the inquiry-based and digital teaching of today.

Originality/value. The paper seeks to analyse document work and documentary practices by regarding “information” as a discursive construction in a particular era with material consequences in particular contexts, rather than as a theoretical and analytical concept. It also problematises the notion that new digital technologies for producing, organising, finding, using, and disseminating documents have drastically changed people’s behaviours and practices in educational and other contexts.

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2018. Vol. 74, no 5, p. 1042-1052
Keywords [en]
Information literacy, Reading, Sweden, Literacy, Document theory, Information behaviour, Information practices, Primary education, History of information
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Information Studies
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15001DOI: 10.1108/JD-11-2017-0156ISI: 000440669900008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048058316OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-15001DiVA, id: diva2:1239568
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Reading, traditions and negotiations: Reading activities in Swedish classrooms 1967-1969
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Swedish Research Council, 2012-4140Available from: 2018-08-17 Created: 2018-08-17 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved

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