Abstract

Research in psychology and political science has identified motivated reasoning as a set of biases that inhibit a person’s ability to process political information objectively. This research has important implications for the information literacy movement’s aims of fostering lifelong learning and informed citizenship. This essay argues that information literacy education should broaden its scope to include more than just knowledge of information and its sources; it should also include knowledge of how people interact with information, particularly the ways that motivated reasoning can influence citizens’ interactions with political information.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-7131
Print ISSN
1531-2542
Pages
pp. 511-528
Launched on MUSE
2016-07-07
Open Access
No
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