Teaching Information Literacy for Inquiry-Based Learning

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781843344414
eBook ISBN: 9781780630175
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 22nd September 2009
Page Count: 274
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Teaching Information Literacy for Inquiry-Based Learning is highly beneficial to those who teach or train people and need to develop systematic ways of using information sources and tools to help them participate in inquiry based learning. Whether at school, college, university or work people need to use the wealth of information around them effectively. They need to find things out, assemble, process, evaluate, manage as well as communicate information. Increasingly a fundamental part of being information literate and an independent learner is being e-literate. This book helps the trainer understand the learner and use appropriate methods to help them explore and engage with being information and e-literate. It also helps the learner to be conscious of what it means to be information and e-literate and to use information effectively.

Key Features

  • Written by two leading experts in information literacy
  • Draws on extensive personal experience of training learners and trainers in information literacy and information retrieval
  • Uses examples of best practice from the educational context and the workplace


Staff working in learning support centers, libraries (public, school, college, university); Information centers in the corporate environment; Teachers in general

Table of Contents

Part 1 Four faces of learning and their implications for teaching information literacy: Introduction; Learning and information literacy; The learner as a physical being – a sensory approach; The learner as a thinker – a cognitive approach; The learner as a sense maker – a constructivist approach; The learner as a social being – a social constructivist approach. Part 2 Teaching interventions: Introduction; Learning intervention 1 Understanding learners’ information needs and identifying the knowledge base that the learner wants to develop; Learning intervention 2 Understanding the information landscape; Learning intervention 3 Using information retrieval tools and techniques to locate information; Learning intervention 4 Interaction with and use of information; Learning intervention 5 Enhancing information literacy in the workplace – a holistic approach. Part 3 Conclusion: Concluding comments.


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The authors have meticulously and successfully laid a solid, theoretical foundation for readers... This is an excellent book., Journal of Academic Librarianship
This book would be of great value to librarians engaged in information literacy, Journal of Information Literacy
Comprehensive coverage of four approaches to how learners learn, covering behavioural, cognitive, constructivist and social constructivist theories., THES