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Title:Empowerment or Instrumental Progressivism? Analyzing Information Literacy Policies
Author(s):Whitworth, Andrew
Subject(s):Information literacy
Abstract:This article reports on a qualitative content analysis of a sample of national information literacy policies, whether endorsed by states or professional bodies. It develops a framework for analysis which is attuned to the idea that information literacy can and should be viewed from multiple perspectives; this being the “six frames of information literacy” model developed by Bruce, Edwards, and Lupton. One addition is made to this framework, that being to seek specific reference to collaboration and teamwork in the national policies, whether this means collaboration between learners or between different agencies, who are expected to work together to manifest the benefits of information literacy. This framework is then applied to the sample policies. Half are found to be generally holistic in form, the other half less so. These latter policies risk being what Robins and Webster call “instrumentally progressivist”: oriented toward producing learners who can act as information processors but not promoting approaches that lead to a more creative, empowered, socially conscious, and reflective relationship with information.
Issue Date:2011
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Library Trends 60 (2) Fall 2011: 312-337.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-01-20

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