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Ways of Experiencing Information Literacy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843346807, 9781780633244

Ways of Experiencing Information Literacy

1st Edition

Making the Case for a Relational Approach

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Author: Susie Andretta
Paperback ISBN: 9781843346807
eBook ISBN: 9781780633244
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 6th August 2012
Page Count: 240
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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




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


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"Not only is the approach to locating information of interest, but so also is the context of searching. Context in this instance refers to ‘personal’, ‘professional’ or ‘academic’ areas…Overall this is a solid work for those wanting a deeper understanding of the relational approach to information literacy. It is of interest to librarians and information seekers alike."--The Australian Library Journal, Vol. 62, No. 4, 2013
"A useful contribution to IL research and of value to those wishing to pursue similar research in this field."--Journal of Information Literacy
"This is a highly competent book, well written and based on meticulous research."--Library Review

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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