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Informed learning : realising the potential of the information society in our 21st century world

Bruce, Christine S. (2008) Informed learning : realising the potential of the information society in our 21st century world. In Abdullah, Abrizah & A. Cacha, Lleuvelyn (Eds.) International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society, 18-19 November 2008, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Abstract

Information literacy has captured the imagination of library and information professionals. In the last twenty years significant advocacy has occurred putting information literacy issues high on the international agenda. This paper proposes informed learning (the kind of learning made possible by information literacy) as the key to realising the potential of the information society. The paper extends the concept of informed learning in the academic environment, conceptualising its broader role in the information society. In this paper I: • review some critical moments in the history of information literacy; • propose "informed learning" as the key to realising the potential of the information society in our 21st century world; • identify three key outcomes connected with informed learning to be gained from an emphasis on information literacy in many aspects of our social fabric: informed learners, an informed workforce and an informed citizenry; • draw upon insights gained from previous research to propose critical characteristics of these three groups, as well as the characteristics of the environments that support them; and • suggest some future directions, including the need for strengthened partnerships and research.

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ID Code: 17990
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: This paper was presented as a keynote address to the ICOLIS Conference, 2008 and appears in a set of peer-reviewed proceedings. c) Library and Information Science Unit Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology University of Malaya http://202.185.108.14/conference/index.php/icolis/icolis08/about/editorialPolicies
Keywords: Information literacy, Informed learning, community informatics, social informatics, HERN
ISBN: 9789834349103
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Social and Community Informatics (080709)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2009 16:32
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:47

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