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Information literacy in the tension between school's discursive practice and students' self-directed learning
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (Informationspraktiker)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6714-1682
2016 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 21, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Self-guided learning has had a major impact on adult education, where information seeking and use are key aspects of learning. With their lack of experience in study contexts, the students are nevertheless assumed to develop information literacy. The paper aims to create an understanding of how information literacy can be recognised in the tension between the schools' practice and the students' self-directed learning. This is done through a qualitative case study including forty-three interviews, thirty observations and seventeen documents, which gave in-depth knowledge of information activities in relation to a complex school assignment. Using a socio-cultural perspective, the analysis led to the identification of several critical aspects of information literacy. The aspects included the distinction between quantitative and qualitative information seeking, critical approaches towards information, knowledge of genres, the ability to identify and use various tools, and the ability to communicate conceptually about information seeking and use. The findings reveal an absence of interaction about information seeking and use in the educational context, as well as a lack of common references in the form of tools and support, leading to difficulties for the students in achieving the results that were expected according to learning objectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borås, 2016. Vol. 21, no 4
Keyword [en]
information literacy, self-directed learning, students, information seeking
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Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11780OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-11780DiVA: diva2:1064256
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The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society
Available from: 2017-01-12 Created: 2017-01-12 Last updated: 2017-01-16Bibliographically approved

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