Information Obesity

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781843344490
eBook ISBN: 9781780630045
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 28th February 2009
Page Count: 252
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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.

Key Features

  • Although this is a book about ‘education’, it argues that we need to start thinking of education as something done by families, friends, workmates and society as a whole, as well as schools and colleges
  • Each chapter introduces the readers to some social and political theory, but in ways accessible to a lay audience
  • To complement each section, ‘think tasks’ and practical exercises will help the readers apply the insights in their personal contexts


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

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.


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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