Exploring behaviour in the online environment : student perceptions of information literacy

Janice Smith, Martin Oliver

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    The aim of this paper is to show how information literacy can be conceptualised as a key learning process related to discipline and academic maturity, rather than as a generic skill. Results of a smallscale study including questionnaires and observation of student behaviour are reported and analysed in relation to Bruce's 'seven faces of information literacy' framework. The findings illustrate that information literacy is a highly situated practice that remains undeveloped through mandatory schooling. Some methodological issues are considered in relation to researching information literacy, including the limits of the Bruce model as a framework for analysis. We also show how decontextualised courses can foreground and privilege certain behaviours that are beneficial but that developing higher-level information literate attitudes is likely to be an iterative and contextualised process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-65
    Number of pages16
    JournalResearch in Learning Technology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2007


    • education
    • online learning
    • information literacy
    • information and communications technology


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