Information literacy : a review and poststructural critique

Kapitzke, Cushla (2003) Information literacy : a review and poststructural critique. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 26(1), pp. 53-66.

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This paper examines the literacies of libraries through a poststructuralist critique of the concept, 'information literacy.' It argues that, because the assumptions of the information literacy framework hail from print cultures, a modernist paradigm and psychologistic discourses, it is not so much a panacea but a hindrance to critical and transformative literacy practice. Considering the context of information capitalism within which educators work, these are pedagogical, political and ethical issues that are yet to be addressed by the profession.

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ID Code: 8867
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Information literacy, digital literacies, multiliteracies, school libraries, modernist paradigm, poststructuralism, bibliographic instruction, sociology of knowledge, knowledge politics, knowledge capitalism, disintermediation, information skills, teacher librarians, school librarians, critical discursive practice, HERN
ISSN: 1038-1562
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Australian Literacy Educators' Association
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2013 06:55

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