Dissertation Information for Terrance S. Newell
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: Rethinking information literacy learning environments: A study to examine the effectiveness of two learning approaches
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to compare two information literacy learning environments: (1) a learning environment using the Contextualized Information Instruction Approach (CIIA), which is a collaborative, constructivist approach that contextualizes information skills within ongoing classroom assignments; and (2) a learning environment using the Immersive Information Literacy Approach (I 2 LA), which fuses cognitive and sociocultural constructivism, literacy and semiotic domain theory, a recentered view of information literacy and immersive technology (e.g., virtual reality) to create environments within which students can develop information literacy through authentic experiences and interactions. The specific aims of the study were to (a) examine the effectiveness of the two teaching/learning approaches (I 2 LA and CIIA) in respect to expanding students' understandings of information problem-solving and (b) to examine the information problem-solving, literacy level shifts (i.e., illiterate, burgeoning active, active, critical and associated) in students' ability to recognize/explain information problem-solving social practices (i.e., task definition, information types identification, information skills identification, multimodal resource identification, evaluation/selection, organization/communication and information use) and to visualize how they would produce domain particular meanings within the social practices.
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