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Connections between research and practice in the information literacy narrative: A mapping of the literature and some propositions
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
2014 (English)In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, ISSN 0961-0006, E-ISSN 1741-6477, Vol. 48, no 4, 313-321 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The relationship between research and professional practice, often described in terms of a ‘gap’, is a topical issue involving stakeholders such as researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. Within the area of information literacy it is increasingly emphasized that practitioners make use of research and that research is conducted on problems relevant to practice. From a wide perspective, this paper discusses and identifies in the information literacy literature three different strands relating to research, practice and policy-making for information literacy. On the basis of a small-scale bibliometric investigation of samples of literature representing the identified strands, it is concluded that interconnections between the strands are weak. The results of the bibliometric study are discussed in the light of previous research on the relationship between research and practice. It is proposed that the research-based discussion on research and practice would benefit from a more nuanced terminology and by abandoning the prevailing gap-metaphor.

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Sage Publications Ltd. , 2014. Vol. 48, no 4, 313-321 p.
Keyword [en]
Informationspraktiker
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Social Sciences
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2058DOI: 10.1177/0961000614559140Local ID: 2320/14728OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2058DiVA: diva2:870139
Note

This study was conducted within the frame of the Linnaeus

Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated

Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS) at the

University of Gothenburg and the University of Borås, Sweden.

The author would also like to thank Dr Gustaf Nelhans for assistance

with HistCite.

Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-09-11Bibliographically approved

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