Ways of Experiencing Information Literacy

Ways of Experiencing Information Literacy

Making the Case for a Relational Approach

1st Edition - August 6, 2012

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  • Author: Susie Andretta
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346807
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633244

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This book has two aims: firstly to present an investigation into information literacy by looking at how people engage with information to accomplish tasks or solve problems in personal, academic and professional contexts (also known as the relational approach). This view of information literacy illustrates a learner-centred perspective that will be of interest to educators who wish to go beyond the teaching of information skills. The second aim of this book is to illustrate how the relational approach can be used as an investigative framework. As a detailed account of a relational study, this book will appeal to researchers interested in using the relational framework to examine pedagogical experiences from the learner’s perspective.

Key Features

  • Offers an investigation of the relational approach to examine information literacy from the perspective of the learner and the educator within diverse pedagogical conditions, both academic and professional
  • Presents concrete examples of measuring the impact of the information literacy experience through the application of newly developed information literacy practices to unknown situations (described as Transfer), or through the changes in the learner’s view of the world (described as Transformation)
  • Written by an internationally known scholar and practitioner of information literacy


Researchers interested in using the relational framework to examine pedagogical experiences from the learner's perspective

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables

    List of abbreviations



    About the author

    Chapter 1: Introduction: who this book is for how to use it


    Background and overall aim of the research

    Outline of the book

    Chapter 2: The relational approach explained


    The deep and surface approach to learning

    The structure of awareness: internal and external horizons

    The outcome space of learning

    Experiential variation: fostering deep and transferable learning

    The relational studies


    Chapter 3: How the relational approach was employed in this research


    The stages of the empirical research

    Further description of specific aspects of the methodology and research methods


    Chapter 4: The multiple-context relational approach generated by the empirical research


    Comparing the students’ conceptualisations of academic research and information literacy

    The coding framework for the final analysis

    The four categories of information literacy

    Transformation and transfer

    Reflections on the frequency distribution of the codes

    The multiple-context outcome space of information literacy


    Individual stories


    Student 4

    Student 10

    Student 16

    Student 19




    Contribution to the relational body of research

    Contribution to practice

    Limitations of this study

    Areas for future research



    Appendix A: Consent form for the Head of Department, London Metropolitan University

    Appendix B: Consent form for students

    Appendix C: Practical procedures of the empirical research

    Appendix D: Abstract of the thesis



Product details

  • No. of pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2012
  • Published: August 6, 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346807
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633244

About the Author

Susie Andretta

Susie Andretta is based at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University. The author’s expertise in IL originates from research on the implementation of user-education programmes in combination with student-centred learning strategies.

Affiliations and Expertise

London Metropolitan University, UK

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