Health information literacy and the experience of 65 to 79 year old Australians

Stoodley, Ian and Bruce, Christine and Partridge, Helen and Edwards, Sylvia Lauretta and Cooper, Helen (2014) Health information literacy and the experience of 65 to 79 year old Australians. In: Library and information science research in Asia-Oceania: theory and practice. Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), United States, pp. 102-123. ISBN 9781466651586

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Abstract

Information Literacy (IL) is presented here from a relational perspective, as people’s experience of using information to learn in a particular context. A detailed practical example of such a context is provided, in the Health Information Literacy (HIL) experience of 65 to 79 year old Australians. A phenomenographic investigation found five qualitatively distinct ways of experiencing HIL: Absorbing (intuitive reception), Targeting (a planned process), Journeying (a personal quest), Liberating (equipping for independence), and Collaborating (interacting in community). These five ways of experiencing indicated expanding awareness of context (degree of orientation towards their environment), source (breadth of esteemed information), beneficiary (the scope of people who gain), and agency (amount of activity) across HIL core aspects of information, learning, and health. These results illustrate the potential contribution of relational IL to information science.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version of chapter displayed in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 06:41
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 04:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: health information literacy; elderly Australians
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5158-6.ch007
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34938

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