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ERIC Number: EJ973224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Information Literacy in Croatia: An Ideological Approach
Poler Kovacic, Melita; Zgrabljic Rotar, Nada; Erjavec, Karmen
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v11 n3 p151-166 2012
New information and communication technologies were widely perceived as something that would lead post-socialist European countries towards the technologically developed information society. In this article, a critical perspective is taken in examining information literacy as an ideological form. The deconstruction of ideological practice was performed using a text-based examination of the genealogy of justifying discourse, as found in official documents and policy statements regarding information literacy in Croatia. Croatian information literacy is too narrowly conceptualized as a means of preparing students for the demands of the EU and the global market, ensuring their employability and increasing the country's economic competitiveness. Further, in-depth interviews with 25 Croatian gymnasium professors showed how the ideology of information literacy is embodied in their beliefs. They aligned themselves with the neo-liberal imperative of ongoing retraining and saw information literacy as a means of providing students with technical skills. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Croatia; European Union