Information literacy and the serious leisure participant: variation in the experience of using information to learn

Demasson, Andrew and Partridge, Helen and Bruce, Christine (2016) Information literacy and the serious leisure participant: variation in the experience of using information to learn. Information Research, 21 (2).

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Introduction: This study reports an investigation into the ways in which people engaged in a serious leisure activity can experience using information to learn (also known as information literacy).

Method: Data were collected through twenty-two semi-structured, one-on-one, phenomenographic interviews conducted with identified serious leisure participants operating within the area of heritage (as defined by the study).

Analysis: Empirical material was gathered through audio recordings and transcripts of the collated interviews. Data were analysed using structural and focused coding methods.

Results: The study revealed that serious leisure participants experience using information to learn in four ways: acquiring new information, helping the learning community, self-awareness and entertainment.

Conclusions: This study contributes to our understanding of information literacy as it applies to a person’s everyday-life leisure world.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © The authors, 2016. Article made available in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Division of Academic Services - No Department
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 04:09
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 04:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: information literacy; serious leisure; phenomenography
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services

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