Character building in children's online information behaviours: applying a virtue epistemology perspective to information literacy

McMenemy, D. and Buchanan, S. (2019) Character building in children's online information behaviours: applying a virtue epistemology perspective to information literacy. In: Kurbanoğlu, S., Špiranec, S., Ünal, Y., Boustany, J., Huotari, M. L., Grassian, E., Mizrachi, D. and Roy, L. (eds.) Information Literacy in Everyday Life: 6th European Conference, ECIL 2018, Oulu, Finland, September 24–27, 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Series: Communications in computer and information science (989). Springer: Cham, pp. 73-82. ISBN 9783030134716 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-13472-3_7)

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Abstract

This paper advances our understanding of the theoretical and practical challenges of developing intellectual character in children’s online information behaviours. We argue that widely reported issues such as misinformation and disinformation extend IL education beyond considerations of ability to considerations of disposition, and highlight this as an understudied topic within IL education. We introduce the classical concept of intellectual character and discuss virtues traits in the IL context. Applying Baehr’s nine intellectual virtues to two commonly cited IL models, we evidence limited presence of virtues in IL models, and propose an important agenda for future research.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:Paper presented at European Conference on Information Literacy 2018 (ECIL 2018), Oulu, Finland, 24-27 Sep 2018.
Keywords:Digital citizenship, information literacy, information behaviour, children, virtue epistemology, virtue ethics.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMenemy, Dr David
Authors: McMenemy, D., and Buchanan, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:9783030134716
Published Online:20 February 2019

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