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Playful Information Literacy: Play and information Literacy in Higher Education

Walsh, Andrew (2015) Playful Information Literacy: Play and information Literacy in Higher Education. Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, 7 (1). pp. 80-94. ISSN 1890-5900

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Abstract

It is often difficult to address higher level information literacy skills in Higher Education. This paper argues if we see information literacy as contextual rather than an absolute list of competencies, then play can give us a route to developing those higher level skills.

It takes a social constructivist approach in defining information literacy, before going on to define play and games as belonging on a wide spectrum between completely free or open play and highly structured games.

Using examples from the literature, the paper builds the argument that play is one answer towards meeting the need to develop high level information literacy in students, even though there is limited empirical research into adult play and information literacy development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information Literacy; Game based learning; play; libraries; Higher Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Schools: Computing and Library Services
Computing and Library Services > Centre for Innovation in Information Services
Depositing User: Andrew Walsh
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2016 17:18
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 11:49
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/26752

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