Information Obesity


  • Andrew Whitworth, University of Manchester, UK

An exploration of information literacy and ICT skills education from the point of view of social and political theory. The author incorporates theories to argue why the idea of information literacy is so important in the 21st century, and also to develop teaching strategies to this end. The book argues that only through expanding the range of information literacy education taking it beyond just formal school and university education and into homes, friendship networks and workplaces can we construct an effective educational response to information technology in the 21st century. Information literacy includes, but transcends, ICT skills and ultimately is about being politically, socially and communicatively competent in an information society.
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Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science


Book information

  • Published: February 2009
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-449-0


This is a very good title…the book is recommended and it is, as a matter of fact, a good read that will challenge one’s opinions and reflections, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
An interesting and stimulating book…the flow and structure work well in guiding the reader through some complex and demanding material in a clear, coherent and logical manner., Journal of Information Literacy

Table of Contents

Part 1 Information and technology in the world: Information as a resource; Valuing information; The shaping of information and technology. Part 2 The impact of information technology: A brief history of ICT; Literacy and counter knowledge; Computer and information literacy. Part 3 Critical theory: Critical social science; The colonisation of the life world; How organisations affect the way we think. Part 4 Combating information obesity: Information obesity and romantic understanding; From problem-based learning to transformative learning; Connecting learners and teachers to the community; Three examples.