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An investigation into information literacy communities of practice in higher education

McCluskey-Dean, Clare (2016) An investigation into information literacy communities of practice in higher education. In: Value and Virtue Conference 2016, 5-6 July 2016, York St John University.

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Abstract

An investigation into information literacy communities of practice in higher education

My doctoral research investigates the model of communities of practice (Wenger, 1998) in relation to the embedding of information literacy in Higher Education programmes. I am testing the assertion that, by identifying learning communities of professionals in higher education (including academics, librarians and other support staff) that are concerned with the finding, use, understanding, evaluation of, and managing of information, a sustainable model of embedding this in the curriculum could be initiated. It is proposed that a case study of York St John University will provide outcomes that will not only benefit the institution, but also provide evidence to help inform those in similar situations in other settings.

The paper to be presented here will provide an account of the literature review carried out as part of the project. This includes

• an analysis of the competing dominant models of information literacy in the practitioner and research literature
• a consideration of the evolution of the theory of communities of practice
• an overview of the research literature on learning communities in higher education

The literature review provides evidence to support the assertion that the communities of practice model is effective in promoting staff development in education, and that such development could be key to establishing an information literate curriculum at York St John University. This provides the basis for the next stage of the research project.

References
Wenger E. (1998) Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
School/Department: Information Learning Services
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1647

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