Health information literacy and the experience of 65 to 79 year old Australians

Stoodley, Ian, Bruce, Christine, Partridge, Helen, Edwards, Sylvia Lauretta, and Cooper, Helen (2014) Health information literacy and the experience of 65 to 79 year old Australians. In: Du, Jua Tia, Zhu, Qinghua, and Koronios, Andy, (eds.) Library and Information Science Research in Asia-Oceania: theory and practice. Advances in Library and Information Science . IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 102-123.

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Information literacy is presented here from a relational perspective, as people's experience of using information to learn in a particular context. A detailed practical example of such a context is provided, in the health information literacy experience of 65–79 year old Australians. A phenomenographic investigation found five qualitatively distinct ways of experiencing health information literacy: Absorbing (intuitive reception), Targeting (a planned process), Journeying (a personal quest), Liberating (equipping for independence) and Collaborating (interacting in community). These five ways of experiencing indicated expanding awareness of context (degree of orientation towards their environment), source (breadth of esteemed information), beneficiary (the scope of people who gain) and agency (amount of activity), across HIL core aspects of information, learning and health. These results illustrate the potential contribution of relational information literacy to information science.

Item ID: 55422
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4666-5158-6
Keywords: information literacy; health; phenomenography; ageing population
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Funders: ARC
Projects and Grants: ARC LP100100292
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 00:44
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890399 Information Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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