Sociocultural theories and their application in information literacy research and education

Wang, Li, Bruce, Christine S., & Hughes, Hilary E. (2011) Sociocultural theories and their application in information literacy research and education. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 42(4), pp. 296-308.

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Drawing on the example of a recent study (Wang, 2010), this paper discusses the application of a sociocultural approach to information literacy research and curriculat design. First, it describes the foundation of this research approach in sociocultural theories, in particular Vygotsky's sociocultural theory. Then it presents key theoretical principles arising from the research and describes how the sociocultural approach enabled the establishment of collaborative partnerships between information professionals and academic and teaching support staff in a community of practice for information literacy integration.

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ID Code: 48976
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Socioculture theories, Information literacy research, Education, Information literacy education, HERN
ISSN: 0004-8623
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: © Copyright Australian Library and Information Association Ltd 2011.
Copyright Statement: The Australian Library and Information Association reserves the right to reproduce in any form material which appears Australian Academic & Research Libraries
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2012 22:27
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2012 02:03

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