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Radical Information Literacy by Andrew Whitworth

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The diversity of IL

Abstract:

This chapter investigates how IL developed through the 1980s and 1990s, focusing on three particular strands of the narrative: the advocacy of the US library profession and the development of the first IL standards; the work of Carol Kuhlthau on information anxiety, psychology, and the role librarians can play as information mediators; and the work of those who have investigated IL through a phenomenographical lens, particularly Christine Bruce. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the importance of this latter field, which reveals the diversity of IL and the importance of experiencing variation within a context, as a learning tool.

Key Words

Standards; mediation; psychology; personal constructs; phenomenography; ...

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