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Informationskompetens i praktiken -en fallstudie av informationskompetens och lärande hos en grupp fordonselever

Hanell, Elisabet and Johansson, Margareta (2008)
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This master's thesis sets out to explore information literacy in a contextualized learning environment with emphasis on students at a vocationally oriented program in the Swedish upper secondary school. The concept of information literacy is widely discussed and furthermore a common subject for research within the field of Library and Information Science. Information literacy can be described as a set of skills or a range of attributes defining an information literate person. The skills and/or attributes facilitating the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills are often linked to knowledge about computers and libraries.

Another view on the concept of information literacy has been developed by the Australian... (More)
This master's thesis sets out to explore information literacy in a contextualized learning environment with emphasis on students at a vocationally oriented program in the Swedish upper secondary school. The concept of information literacy is widely discussed and furthermore a common subject for research within the field of Library and Information Science. Information literacy can be described as a set of skills or a range of attributes defining an information literate person. The skills and/or attributes facilitating the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills are often linked to knowledge about computers and libraries.

Another view on the concept of information literacy has been developed by the Australian researcher Annemaree Lloyd. She stresses the importance of social and physical information sources and that these also should be included in the development of information literacy. Lloyd claims that information literacy derives from the workplace and its contextualized practice. To be information literate requires an ability to navigate the landscape of workplace practice. The outcome of the information literacy learning process in the workplace is the transition from being a novice, who studies information to learn about her practice, to an expert, with deeper knowledge and understanding of her practice. The purpose of this master thesis is to explore how students at a vocationally oriented program in the Swedish upper secondary school describes, understands and interprets their information literacy. How do the work experience periods and the school library affect the development of information literacy? Observations and interviews were conducted with third year students at the Vehicle program at a Swedish upper secondary school. The research was limited to fifteen students over a period of two weeks.

The obtained results show that the students have great confidence when it comes to their own ability to seek and evaluate information. Notably information seeking is often equalled with computer skills, and the use of Google as the only information seeking tool is very common among the students. In the present situation, the school library does not work as an asset in the students' development of information literacy. Their aversion towards reading affects their opinion of the school library and most of the students never visit the library at all. In order to change their attitudes and turn the library into a real asset, collaboration between teachers and the school librarian needs to increase. The information needs of the students could then be explored and linked to the information literacy education. It is therefore of great importance to link this education to its specific context. The work experience period is undoubtedly the single most important source when it comes to the development of information literacy. During the work placement, the students are able to put their knowledge into practice and learn from experienced professionals. (Less)
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Hanell, Elisabet and Johansson, Margareta
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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situationsbundet lärande arbetsplatsförlagd praktik, yrkesförberedande gymnasieprogram skolbibliotek, Informationskompetens, Annemaree, Lloyd, Humanities, Humaniora
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Swedish
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1317925
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2008-06-26
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  abstract     = {This master's thesis sets out to explore information literacy in a contextualized learning environment with emphasis on students at a vocationally oriented program in the Swedish upper secondary school. The concept of information literacy is widely discussed and furthermore a common subject for research within the field of Library and Information Science. Information literacy can be described as a set of skills or a range of attributes defining an information literate person. The skills and/or attributes facilitating the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills are often linked to knowledge about computers and libraries.

Another view on the concept of information literacy has been developed by the Australian researcher Annemaree Lloyd. She stresses the importance of social and physical information sources and that these also should be included in the development of information literacy. Lloyd claims that information literacy derives from the workplace and its contextualized practice. To be information literate requires an ability to navigate the landscape of workplace practice. The outcome of the information literacy learning process in the workplace is the transition from being a novice, who studies information to learn about her practice, to an expert, with deeper knowledge and understanding of her practice. The purpose of this master thesis is to explore how students at a vocationally oriented program in the Swedish upper secondary school describes, understands and interprets their information literacy. How do the work experience periods and the school library affect the development of information literacy? Observations and interviews were conducted with third year students at the Vehicle program at a Swedish upper secondary school. The research was limited to fifteen students over a period of two weeks.

The obtained results show that the students have great confidence when it comes to their own ability to seek and evaluate information. Notably information seeking is often equalled with computer skills, and the use of Google as the only information seeking tool is very common among the students. In the present situation, the school library does not work as an asset in the students' development of information literacy. Their aversion towards reading affects their opinion of the school library and most of the students never visit the library at all. In order to change their attitudes and turn the library into a real asset, collaboration between teachers and the school librarian needs to increase. The information needs of the students could then be explored and linked to the information literacy education. It is therefore of great importance to link this education to its specific context. The work experience period is undoubtedly the single most important source when it comes to the development of information literacy. During the work placement, the students are able to put their knowledge into practice and learn from experienced professionals.},
  author       = {Hanell, Elisabet and Johansson, Margareta},
  keyword      = {situationsbundet lärande arbetsplatsförlagd praktik,yrkesförberedande gymnasieprogram skolbibliotek,Informationskompetens,Annemaree,Lloyd,Humanities,Humaniora},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Informationskompetens i praktiken -en fallstudie av informationskompetens och lärande hos en grupp fordonselever},
  year         = {2008},
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