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Learning, Literacy and LIS: A Thesis Conversation
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesisAlternative title
Lärande, informationskompetens och BoI : en uppsats konversation (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This position paper deals with the notions of learning and literacy in the context of studying Library and Information Science (LIS). More particularly, it addresses the learning and literacy involved in, and manifested by, its own production. It is about writing this particular master’s thesis in LIS – the persons involved, the forms and terms used, the expectations met or ignored. It converses not only with itself but also with the academic system which is its raison d’être. It is maintained that this conversing is inherently tangled and that the irresolvable disorder is literally glossed over via language. The argument relies largely on linguistic analysis, linking discourse and conceptual levels to their etymological foundations. Elements of action research and autoethnography are used in an attempt to capture and communicate the competitive conversing which propels and frustrates both personal learning and the development of a disciplined thesis. Standardized presentation forms are challenged and modified in order to highlight the underlying, and ongoing, interplay rather than the finished product. It is suggested that this tangled, tentative, personal/institutional conversing characterizes not only learning but also libraries and LIS itself. It is further suggested that literacy of whatever variety remains a matter of reading, of being able to continuously and competitively assess, converse and thereby commune. LIS has good reasons to highlight its inherent, transdisciplinary association with the human capacity to read. The paper includes a critical self-assessment and concludes with a presentation of the quantitative and qualitative data generated by its own production.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Borås/Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS) , 2008.
Series
Magisteruppsats i biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap vid institutionen Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1654-0247 ; 2008:11
Keywords [en]
lärande, informationskompetens, etymologi, autoetnografi
Keywords [sv]
bibliotek, biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, uppsatsskrivande
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-18757Local ID: 2320/3439OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-18757DiVA, id: diva2:1310691
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