Supporting informed learners in the 21st century

Bruce, Christine, Hughes, Hilary, and Somerville, Mary M. (2012) Supporting informed learners in the 21st century. Library Trends, 60 (3). pp. 522-545.

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This article elaborates the concept of informed learning and locates it in educational, workplace, and community settings. Drawing on existing research into people’s experience of information literacy, it identifies critical experiences of informed learners in each of these three settings. It also explores the support required in educational, community, and workplace contexts, which makes informed learning possible. Recognizing strong implications for policy makers in different sectors, the article presents a set of guiding principles for developing informed learning and learners. The idea of informed learning represents and advances understandings of information literacy that incorporate the broader concept of using information to learn: those understandings that go beyond the functional or generic information literacy paradigm and draw attention to the transformational, situated, and critical aspects of information literacy. Using information to learn is a natural, but often implicit part of all formal and informal learning environments, and is a vital component of the lifelong learning agendas of many nations worldwide. Supporting informed learning requires conscious attention to the use of information in the learning process, by educators, managers, trainers, and policy makers in all sectors. It requires a far reaching response to policy directions involving a wide range of stakeholders.

Item ID: 55441
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1559-0682
Keywords: informed learning; information literacy; workplace learning; community learning; student learning; HERN
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2012 The Board of Trustees, University of Illinois
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This article is based in part on a keynote address to the International Con-ference on Library and Information Science (iCoLIS), Malaysia 2008, and develops ideas that originally appeared in Bruce (2008). The preparation of this article is made possible through a grant from the Australian Research Council focused on exploring informed learning for health purposes, and a Fulbright Scholarship. We are indebted especially to David Kent, reference and instruction librarian, Peninsula College Library, Port Angeles, Washington, for drawing our attention to the etymology of informed learning.

Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Fulbright Program
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 06:48
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0807 Library and Information Studies @ 50%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080709 Social and Community Informatics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services @ 100%
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