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

Smith, Janice and Oliver, Martin (2007) Exploring behaviour in the online environment : student perceptions of information literacy. Research in Learning Technology, 13 (1). pp. 49-65. ISSN 0968-7769

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Abstract

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 smallscale study including questionnaires and observation of student behaviour are reported and analysed in relation to Bruce's '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.