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ERIC Number: EJ1205221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
A Critical Review of LIS Literature on First-Generation Students
Ilett, Darren
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v19 n1 p177-196 Jan 2019
This review offers a critical analysis of the library and information science (LIS) literature on first-generation students (FGS) from the last 40 years. This literature demonstrates an interest in understanding the needs of FGS to serve them better, but it is often grounded in a deficit model of education that focuses on what first-generation students lack instead of what they have. This review identifies four predominant themes in the literature: FGS as outsiders, as a problem, as reluctant library users, and as capable students. Then it suggests possible avenues of future research, such as using a "funds of knowledge" approach to build on the learning and skills that students bring from their families and communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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