The role information literacy in overcoming obstacles to learning and lifelong learning

Rahanu, Harjinder ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3620-8036, Khan, Nawaz, Georgiadou, Elli and Siakas, Kerstin V. (2015) The role information literacy in overcoming obstacles to learning and lifelong learning. EDULEARN15 Proceedings. In: 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 6-8 Jul 2015, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788460682431. ISSN 2340-1117 [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract

Literacy is widely recognised as a fundamental human right, which empowers individuals and opens opportunities for social, economic and political integration. Information Literacy can be defined as knowing when and why one might need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.

In this paper we argue that Information Literacy can help disadvantaged groups in both the developed and developing worlds improve their opportunities for developing their intellectual potential. We report on case studies and initiatives from the Information Literacy movements that are addressing these hurdles to learning. It will be argued that it is naïve and simplistic to suppose that a solely technological solution will enable the learners to surmount obstacles to learning in order to improve their life chances. What is required is a more holistic approach, which requires the construction of legal, cultural, and economic infrastructures.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
Item ID: 19247
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Depositing User: Harjinder Rahanu
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 14:51
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 20:16
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19247

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