Information Literacy Journal Club – 2 February 2017

The next Information Literacy Journal Club discussion is taking place this Thursday 2nd February, starting at 8pm. The chosen article is Student perspectives: redesigning a research assignment handout through the academic literacies model by Alison Hicks, which was published in the Journal of Information Literacy last year.

Here is the abstract of the article, taken from

This study explores student responses to a research assignment handout that was redesigned in light of the recommendations from a 2010 Project Information Literacy report. Framed through Lea and Street’s Academic Literacies model, which positions information literacy as a social and situated practice rather than as a generic skill set or a process of socialisation, this study uses a descriptive survey method (annotations and a questionnaire) to demonstrate that the addition of disciplinary context helped to scaffold students’ critical engagement with scholarly conventions as well as with the broader information landscape.  The study concludes by calling for renewed librarian engagement with alternative theoretical frameworks of literacy as well as the inclusion of student perspectives into studies of academic learning.

You can read more from Alison and find out how the online discussion works, by visiting the Information Literacy Journal Club’s site.

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