Educating for democracy? The role of media and information literacy education for pupils in Swedish compulsory school

Hanna Carlsson, Olof Sundin

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This paper reports a study of pupils’ experiences of media and information literacy education in five Swedish schools by answering the following overarching question, what roles do the teaching of information seeking and critical assessment of information play for pupils in their school-work as well as in their everyday life? Pupils in ninth grade were asked to fill in a questionnaire regarding their use of digital technology as well as their thoughts on media and information literacy education. The study shows that many pupils are knowledgeable about the terms of production pertaining to content in most online sources they mention. Still, infrastructural meaning-making that take into consideration issues of personalization, data integrity and surveillance, are largely lacking. The study also shows that the school’s teaching is central to the pupils’ development of a critical stance towards the information that they encounter online. These findings underline the importance of how schools choose to treat media and information literacy education. It is concerning then that infrastructural meaning-making is quite absent in the pupils’ responses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Digital Communities
Subtitle of host publication15th International Conference, iConference 2020, Boras, Sweden, March 23–26, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAnneli Sundqvist, Gerd Berget, Jan Nolin, Kjell Ivar Skjerdingstad
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-43687-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-43686-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventiConference 2020: Sustainable digital communities - Borås, Sweden
Duration: 2020 Mar 232020 Mar 26

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceiConference 2020
Internet address

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Information Studies

Free keywords

  • Media and information literacy
  • infrastructural meaning-making
  • searching


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