Framing information literacy as information practice: site ontology and practice theory

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Purpose ' Information literacy is a rich and complex social information practice that is constructed according to specific practical understandings, rules and teleoaffective features which characterise a social site or setting. This paper aims to explore the philosophical and theoretical perspective of practice theory, in particular, the ontological work of Schatzki. These perspectives are to be used to frame an understanding of the features of information literacy as sociocultural practice.Design/methodology/approach ' A theoretical perspective is introduced to examine the concept of information literacy practice by framing this analysis through a site ontology developed by Schatzki. Sociocultural and practice theory are employed in this exploration of information literacy associocultural practice and provide a framework for architecture of information literacy practice.Findings ' Information literacy can be understood as a critical information practice which is organised and arranged through the site of the social, rather than as a reified and decontexualised set of skills.Research limitations/implications ' Framing information literacy research through site ontology and the use of a practice perspective has implications for further research into information literacy and for the development of pedagogic practices related to information literacy instruction Originality/value ' The paper offers an alternate way of framing information literacy by introducing the concepts related to practice theory.Keywords Information literacy, Information management, Philosophical concepts Paper type Conceptual paper
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-258
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Documentation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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