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An interlocking and interdependent ecology

An interlocking and interdependent ecology This study aims to explore the potential areas of overlap and reinforcement between critical science literacy and information literacy. As an awareness of the limitations of traditional definitions of scientific literacy and traditional science instruction has grown, there is an opportunity to apply a critical lens to science and IL.Design/methodology/approachThe paper examines the literature of critical scientific literacy and connects it to information literacy practices.FindingsThere is considerable room for librarians to foster and support critical scientific literacy in parallel with information literacy. Both literacies align significantly.Practical implicationsIL for students in the sciences can and should take a more critical approach to instruction to support scientific literacy as well as ILI.Originality/valueTraditional science literacy has had relatively limited impact perhaps, but critical science literacy offers a way to construct science literacy as a meaningful engagement; combining it with critical approaches to information literacy offers the opportunity to reinforce both skills. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Services Review Emerald Publishing

An interlocking and interdependent ecology

Reference Services Review , Volume 46 (2): 9 – Aug 21, 2018

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0090-7324
DOI
10.1108/rsr-02-2018-0022
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Abstract

This study aims to explore the potential areas of overlap and reinforcement between critical science literacy and information literacy. As an awareness of the limitations of traditional definitions of scientific literacy and traditional science instruction has grown, there is an opportunity to apply a critical lens to science and IL.Design/methodology/approachThe paper examines the literature of critical scientific literacy and connects it to information literacy practices.FindingsThere is considerable room for librarians to foster and support critical scientific literacy in parallel with information literacy. Both literacies align significantly.Practical implicationsIL for students in the sciences can and should take a more critical approach to instruction to support scientific literacy as well as ILI.Originality/valueTraditional science literacy has had relatively limited impact perhaps, but critical science literacy offers a way to construct science literacy as a meaningful engagement; combining it with critical approaches to information literacy offers the opportunity to reinforce both skills.

Journal

Reference Services ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 21, 2018

Keywords: Information literacy; College libraries; Teaching and learning; Critical information literacy; Critical literacies; Science literacy

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