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Exploring the contexts of information designed for Swedish school-leavers
2006 (English)In: Svensk biblioteksforskning, ISSN 0284-4354, E-ISSN 1653-5235, Vol. 15, no 2, 1-12 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper the institutional origins of information designed for school leavers have been examined using a discourse analytical approach. Texts from three of the major actors in the careers guidance system constitute the empirical basis of the study. It was found that information and the individual are constituted in different ways in each of the texts.

Differentways of viewing the individual and information are related to different views on the nature ofsociety, the labour market and the individual’s position within it, and on the value ofeducation. Such views mediate to the reader which actions may be appropriate or inappropriate to take. The implications of the study are that young people need to develop skills in the critical analysis of informational texts as a tool in discerning their own best interests in relation to the range of interests promoted by career guidance literature.

Furthermore, it is suggested that technical solutions need to be developed that increase the transparency of literature designed for school leavers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högskolan i Borås: Göteborgs universitet, 2006. Vol. 15, no 2, 1-12 p.
Keyword [en]
young people, career guidance, information seeking, discourse analysis, Sweden
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Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1053OAI: diva2:867791
Available from: 2015-11-06 Created: 2015-11-06 Last updated: 2016-10-18Bibliographically approved

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