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“An integrated model of information literacy, based upon domain learning”

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    Robin Brown

    As promised, I did some reading this weekend. What I’ve chosen, to start the conversation, is an article that Robert Farrell posted to Lilac last week. Thompson and Lathey have written a theoretical article, the promotes the idea that information literacy skills are intimately connected with content knowledge. The best parallel that I can think of, is recognizing that information literacy skills are very similar to learning to write well. It is impossible to write well without having with the authors call “domain knowledge.” Reading, writing, and research skills are what the authors call “strategic knowledge,” separate and distinct from domain knowledge. The two are interrelated, but one really can’t stand without the other. Research skills are dependent upon being able to construct usable queries, which means you know something about what you are looking for.

    Does this ring true with your experience?
    What are the implications for your instructional practice?

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