Information literacy needs of local staff in cross-cultural development projects

McMahon, Camille A. & Bruce, Christine S. (2002) Information literacy needs of local staff in cross-cultural development projects. Journal of International Development, 14(1), pp. 113-127.

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Information literacy is about people’s information practices in their ICT environment. Increasing access to ICTs to bridge the digital divide has implications for the information literacy needs of people in developing communities. The research described in this paper, investigated development workers’ perceptions of information literacy needs amongst local staff participating in community development projects in cross-cultural situations. A phenomenographic approach was used to elicit five hierarchically related, qualitatively different understandings of information literacy needs within the development context. The results reveal possible directions for those workers involved in bringing ICTs into workplace settings within developing communities.

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ID Code: 3228
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Information Literacy, digital divide, cross, cultural development, developing nations, international projects, phenomenography
DOI: 10.1002/jid.864
ISSN: 0954-1748
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems not elsewhere classified (080699)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified (200299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 John Wiley & Sons
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Deposited On: 20 Jul 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:05

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