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ERIC Number: EJ995140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0004-8623
Undergraduate Information Literacy: A Teaching Framework
McPherson, Karen
Australian Academic & Research Libraries, v35 n3 p226-241 Sep 2004
In this paper, a framework for the teaching of undergraduate information literacy is proposed. This framework has been developed as a major outcome of the author's PhD research into information literacy issues in general, and an aspect of literacy--information retrieval--in particular. Literature from two disciplines was reviewed as background to the research: cognitive psychology; and information retrieval. Arising from this theoretical background were four main "prongs" of research: the development of a two-stage explanatory model of the information retrieval process (based on information processing theory); a series of concept-based teaching modules (grounded in learning theory) testing the efficacy of that model in a large experimental study; an analysis of the role of cognitive maturity in the information retrieval process (based on tenets of developmental theory); and finally, the development of a framework for the teaching of broader aspects of information literacy, which framework drew together all theoretical aspects of the research. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table and 27 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia