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Troublesome Concepts and Information Literacy: Investigating Threshold Concepts for IL Instruction

From: portal: Libraries and the Academy
Volume 12, Number 4, October 2012
pp. 387-405 | 10.1353/pla.2012.0039

Abstract

Abstract:

Librarians regularly encounter students who struggle to understand and apply information literacy concepts. A qualitative survey administered to information literacy practitioners asked about troublesome content and analyzed results using the threshold concepts pedagogical framework first described by Jan Meyer and Ray Land. A threshold concept transforms the learner's view of content and helps integrate previously learned material; threshold concepts are portals that, once traversed, bring insight into how to think and act like a practitioner within a discipline. This project uses the data collected to propose seven threshold concepts for information literacy.



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