Information literacy research : dimensions of the emerging collective consciousness

Bruce, Christine S. (2000) Information literacy research : dimensions of the emerging collective consciousness. Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL), 31(2), pp. 91-109.

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Information literacy researchers are beginning to develop a collective consciousness, a consciousness that represents the newly appearing territory of information literacy research. This paper analyses the information literacy research territory as it is represented by the emerging collective consciousness of information literacy researchers.

Five dimensions of the collective consciousness are proposed:

1) the sectoral location of the research, 2) ways of seeing information literacy, 3) ‘what’ is being investigated; that is the research object, 4) ‘how’ the object is being investigated; that is the research approaches and paradigms, and 5) disciplinary influences.

These dimensions are used to:

1) reveal the character of the information literacy research territory which is in early stages of construction; 2) show how different kinds of research approaches can shed different kinds of light on the object of research; and 3) demonstrate how the five dimensions work together in the development of new studies.

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ID Code: 46274
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: information literacy, information research, information experience, information and learning, HERN
ISSN: 0004-8623
Subjects: 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 2000 Australian Library and Information Association Ltd (ALIA)
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2011 00:50
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2011 10:33

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