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Learning literacies through collaborative enquiry; collaborative enquiry through learning literacies

Ashley, Jo; Jarman, Freya; Varga-Atkins, Tunde and Hassan, Nedim (2012) Learning literacies through collaborative enquiry; collaborative enquiry through learning literacies. Journal of Information Literacy, 6 (1). pp. 50-71. ISSN 1750-5968

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The extent to which university departments foster learning literacies that equip students with the diverse skills required for employment in a digital world is an issue that is under increased scrutiny in British higher education. The Learning Literacies in the Digital Age report (LLiDA by Beetham et al. 2009) offers a framework of learning literacies, which encompasses a range of literacies including academic, information, digital and media literacies. Building on the LLiDA framework, this article outlines and discusses an approach that aimed to extend the development of information literacies of first-year undergraduate students along with digital and media literacies. The central characteristics of this approach involved students working collaboratively, in teams, on an enquiry-based learning task using the institutional virtual learning environment’s wiki tool. The task involved developing and creating a wiki on exactly the kind of learning literacies that students were meant to acquire during this enquiry. This dual development was underpinned by the collaborative input of staff from academic and central services departments. Student survey feedback and observation were used to map the various gains in the areas of 1) collaboration and communication skills, 2) information literacy (IL), academic practice (study skills) and employability skills, 3) media and digital/computer literacies and, finally, 4) disciplinary skills. The findings confirm the usefulness of the LLiDA framework as well as point to its potential for further development to map literacies specific to the discipline.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Published June 2012. No DOI. Cited as: Ashley, J., Jarman, F., Varga-Atkins, T. and Hassan, N. 2012. Learning literacies through collaborative enquiry; collaborative enquiry through learning literacies. Journal of information literacy, 6(1), pp. 50-71. http://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/JIL/article/view/LLC-V6-I1-2012-1
Uncontrolled Keywords:information literacy; digital literacy; media literacy; literacies; enquiry-based learning; group work; wikis; undergraduates; study skills; collaboration
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Departments, Research Centres and Related Units:Academic Faculties, Institutes and Research Centres > Faculty of Arts > School of Music
Professional Services > Library
Publisher's Statement:Copyright for the article content resides with the authors, and copyright for the publication layout resides with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Information Literacy Group. These Copyright holders have agreed that this article should be available on Open Access. “By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”
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Refereed:Yes
Status:Published
ID Code:6753
Deposited On:06 Jul 2012 15:24
Last Modified:09 Jul 2012 16:37

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