Health Information Literacy and the Experience of 65 to 79 Year Old Australians

Stoodley, Ian D., Bruce, Christine S., Partridge, Helen L., Edwards, Sylvia L., & Cooper, Helen (2014) Health Information Literacy and the Experience of 65 to 79 Year Old Australians. In Du, J.T., Zhu, Q., & Koronios, A. (Eds.) Library and Information Science Research in Asia-Oceania : Theory and Practice. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 102-123.

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Information literacy is presented here from a relational perspective, as people’s experience of using information to learn in a particular context. A detailed practical example of such a context is provided, in the health information literacy experience of 65–79 year old Australians. A phenomenographic investigation found five qualitatively distinct ways of experiencing health information literacy: Absorbing (intuitive reception), Targeting (a planned process), Journeying (a personal quest), Liberating (equipping for independence) and Collaborating (interacting in community). These five ways of experiencing indicated expanding awareness of context (degree of orientation towards their environment), source (breadth of esteemed information), beneficiary (the scope of people who gain) and agency (amount of activity), across HIL core aspects of information, learning and health. These results illustrate the potential contribution of relational information literacy to information science.

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ID Code: 63744
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Information literacy, Health, Phenomenography, Ageing population
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5158-6.ch007
ISBN: 9781466651586
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified (080799)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2013 22:25
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2015 00:25

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