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Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Scholarship as Conversation

Interconnected concepts and ideas about information, research and scholarship.

FRAMEWORK FOCUS: Scholarship as Conversation

  Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

Key sentence: Developing familiarity with the sources of evidence, methods, and modes of discourse in the field assists novice learners to enter the conversation. New forms of scholarly and research conversations provide more avenues in which a wide variety of individuals may have a voice in the conversation.

Knowledge Practices:

Learners who are developing their information literate abilities

  • cite the contributing work of others in their own information production;
  • contribute to scholarly conversation at an appropriate level, such as local online community, guided discussion, undergraduate research journal, conference presentation/poster session;
  • identify barriers to entering scholarly conversation via various venues;
  • critically evaluate contributions made by others in participatory information environments;
  • identify the contribution that particular articles, books, and other scholarly pieces make to disciplinary knowledge;
  • summarize the changes in scholarly perspective over time on a particular topic within a specific discipline;
  • recognize that a given scholarly work may not represent the only or even the majority perspective on the issue.

We Teach:

  • Citation formats for various majors
  • Source evaluation and ways of approaching authority 
  • Use of archived prior student research to build one’s own research 
  • Notion of scholarly consensus and dissension 

Works Cited

Select information on this LibGuide used with permission from https://library.campbell.edu/information-fluency/framework

ACRL Framework

“Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.” Association of College and Research Libraries, 11 Jan. 2016, https://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework. Accessed 07 June 2017.