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ERIC Number: EJ931259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0024-2519
Experiences with and Perceptions of Information: A Phenomenographic Study of First-Year College Students
Gross, Melissa; Latham, Don
Library Quarterly, v81 n2 p161-186 Apr 2011
This investigation examines experiences with and perceptions of information reported by first-year college students whose level of information literacy skill is known. Participants were identified as having either proficient or below-proficient information literacy skills based on an objective test of their abilities. Interviews were performed outside of a classroom or library context and were equally interested in imposed (school assignments) and self-generated (personal) information seeking. The study uses a phenomenographic approach to collect, categorize, and analyze transcripts from seventy-seven interviews. The resulting categories of description illustrate how conceptions of information mask and minimize the need for individuals to attain information literacy skills, the primacy of the Internet and people as information resources, limited interest in information quality, and differences in experience with and perceptions of information when imposed and self-generated contexts are compared. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables, and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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