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Landscapes of information literacy

Introduction

By now it will be apparent that across the landscapes, information literacy is multifaceted, many layered, and more than just a set of skills to be mastered. This complexity is further compounded by diverse views about information literacy—what it is, how it should be researched and what are the most effective ways to teach the practice. In the tertiary education landscape, and here I include formal vocational training, there is on the one hand a strong and prevailing tendency for information literacy to be viewed as a competency and skills-based literacy, one that will produce a checklist of measurable and assessable information skills and attributes. On the other side of this landscape (and ...

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