Debating credibility: The shaping of information literacies in upper secondary schools

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Purpose – The article concerns information literacies in an environment characterised by the two partly competing and contradictory cultures of print and digital. The aim of the paper is to provide a better understanding of the ways in which students assess the credibility of sources they use in school, with a particular interest in how they treat participatory genres.

Design/methodology/approach – An ethnographic study of a school class's project work was conducted through observations, interviews, and log books in blog form. The analysis was influenced by a socio-cultural perspective.

Findings – The study provides increased empirically based understanding of students' information literacy practices. Four non-exclusive approaches to credibility stemming from control, balance, commitment, and multiplicity were identified.

Originality/value – The study adds to the understanding of how credibility is assessed in school environments with a particular focus on how digital and participatory genres are treated.


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  • Information Studies


  • Credibility, Information literacy, Students, Socio-cultural perspective, Participatory media, Upper secondary school
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-694
JournalJournal of Documentation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch

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