Diversifying Information Literacy Research : An Informed Learning Perspective

Bruce, Christine S., Somerville, Mary M., Stoodley, Ian D., & Partridge, Helen L. (2013) Diversifying Information Literacy Research : An Informed Learning Perspective. In Hepworth, Mark & Walton, Geoff (Eds.) Developing People's Information Capabilities : Fostering Information Literacy in Educational, Workplace and Community Contexts. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, United Kingdom, pp. 223-240.

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This article uses the idea of informed learning, an interpretation of information literacy that focuses on people’s information experiences rather than their skills or attributes, to analyse the character of using information to learn in diverse communities and settings, including digital, faith, indigenous and ethnic communities. While researchers of information behaviour or information seeking and use have investi- AU :2 gated people’s information worlds in diverse contexts, this work is still at its earliest stages in the information literacy domain. To date, information literacy research has largely occurred in what might be considered mainstream educational and workplace contexts, with some emerging work in community settings. These have been mostly in academic libraries, schools and government workplaces. What does information literacy look like beyond these environments? How might we understand the experience of effective information use in a range of community settings, from the perspective of empirical research and other sources? The article concludes by commenting on the significance of diversifying the range of information experience contexts,for information literacy research and professional practice.

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ID Code: 61541
Item Type: Book Chapter
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DOI: 10.1108/S1876-0562(2013)0000008018
ISBN: 9781781907665
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2013 22:21
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 03:28

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