Exploring behaviour in the online environment: student perceptions of information literacy

Smith, Janice and Oliver, Martin (2005) Exploring behaviour in the online environment: student perceptions of information literacy. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 13 (1). pp. 49-65. ISSN 0968-7769 (print)/1741-1629 (online)

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The aim of this paper is to show how information literacy can be conceptualised as a key learning process related to discipline and academic maturity, rather than as a generic skill. Results of a small-scale study including questionnaires and observation of student behaviour are reported and analysed in relation to Bruces 'seven faces of information literacy' framework. The findings illustrate that information literacy is a highly situated practice that remains undeveloped through mandatory schooling. Some methodological issues are considered in relation to researching information literacy, including the limits of the Bruce model as a framework for analysis. We also show how decontextualised courses can foreground and privilege certain behaviours that are beneficial but that developing higher-level information literate attitudes is likely to be an iterative and contextualised process.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
Divisions: ALT-J Journal
Depositing User: Justin Smith
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2009 17:47
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 09:06
URI: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/id/eprint/589

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