Ways of Experiencing Information Literacy: Making the Case for a Relational Approach

Ways of Experiencing Information Literacy: Making the Case for a Relational Approach

by Susie Andretta


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This book has two aims: firstly to present an investigation into information literacy by looking at how people engage with information to accomplish tasks or solve problems in personal, academic and professional contexts (also known as the relational approach). This view of information literacy illustrates a learner-centred perspective that will be of interest to educators who wish to go beyond the teaching of information skills. The second aim of this book is to illustrate how the relational approach can be used as an investigative framework. As a detailed account of a relational study, this book will appeal to researchers interested in using the relational framework to examine pedagogical experiences from the learner’s perspective.

  • Offers an investigation of the relational approach to examine information literacy from the perspective of the learner and the educator within diverse pedagogical conditions, both academic and professional
  • Presents concrete examples of measuring the impact of the information literacy experience through the application of newly developed information literacy practices to unknown situations (described as Transfer), or through the changes in the learner’s view of the world (described as Transformation)
  • Written by an internationally known scholar and practitioner of information literacy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843346807
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Series: Chandos Information Professional Series
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Susie Andretta is based at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University. The author’s expertise in IL originates from research on the implementation of user-education programmes in combination with student-centred learning strategies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: who this book is for and how to use it
The relational approach explained
How the relational approach was employed in this research
The multiple-context relational approach generated by the empirical research
Individual stories

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