ERIC Number: EJ1056698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Reference Count: 53
Critical Connections: Personal Learning Environments and Information Literacy
Hicks, Alison; Sinkinson, Caroline
Research in Learning Technology, v23 2015
Personal learning environments (PLEs) and critical information literacies (CILs) are two concepts that have been presented as responses to the challenges of the rich and complex information landscape. While both approaches support learners' critical engagement with new information environments, each was developed within a different field. This paper connects and contrasts PLEs and CILs in order to explore the design of pedagogical responses to the information environment. Through a careful examination of PLE and CIL literature, the paper demonstrates that information literacy education intersects with the concepts and goals of PLEs. As such, the authors suggest that PLE scholarship informed by CIL scholarship, and vice versa, will yield a deeper understanding of modern learning contexts as well as a more holistic and responsive learner framework. The example of the research assignment will be used to demonstrate the viability of this approach. With these propositions, the authors invite educators, librarians and information technologists to engage in a dialogue about these concepts and the potential for pedagogical change.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Information Literacy, Learner Controlled Instruction, Independent Study, Comparative Analysis, Scholarship, Research Projects, Assignments, Learning Strategies, Cognitive Style, Educational Strategies, Information Sources, Research Methodology
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