Understanding the information literacy experiences of EFL (English as a foreign language) students

Johnston, Nicole and Partridge, Helen and Hughes, Hilary (2014) Understanding the information literacy experiences of EFL (English as a foreign language) students. Reference Services Review, 42 (4). pp. 552-568. ISSN 0090-7324

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Purpose – This paper outlines research that explores the information literacy experiences of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students. The question explored in this research was: how do EFL students experience information literacy.

Design/Methodology/Approach – This study used phenomenography, a relational approach to explore the information literacy experiences of EFL students. Phenomenography studies the qualitatively different ways a phenomenon is experienced in the world around us.

Findings – This research revealed that EFL students experienced information literacy in four qualitatively different ways. The four categories revealed through the data were: process, quality, language and knowledge. This research found that language impacted on EFL students’ experiences of information literacy and revealed that EFL students applied various techniques and strategies when they read, understood, organised and translated information.

Research limitations/implications – This research was conducted in a specific cultural and educational context, therefore the results might not reflect the experiences of EFL students in other cultural or educational contexts. Practical implications – The findings from this research offer an important contribution to information literacy practice by providing important insights about EFL students’ experiences and perceptions of information and learning that can be used to inform curriculum development in second language learning contexts.

Originality/Value - There is currently a lack of research using a relational approach to investigate EFL students’ experiences of information literacy. There is also limited research that explores the impact language has on information literary and learning in English as a foreign or second language contexts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 05:13
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 05:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information literacy, EFL students, ESL students, Phenomenography, Language, Learning, HERN
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080704 Information Retrieval and Web Search
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4605 Data management and data science > 460508 Information retrieval and web search
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-05-2014-0015
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33320

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