Edicola: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 40, (3)

Segnaliamo nell’ultimo numero della rivista Journal of Librarianship and Information Science l’articolo Children’s conceptualizations of the word `Information’/ Andrew K. Shenton, Valerie Nesset, Susan Hayter

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, Vol. 40, No. 3, 151-164 (2008)
DOI: 10.1177/0961000608092551

Although information has become increasingly prevalent in young people’s lives, minimal research has addressed children’s attitudes to the word itself. This paper scrutinizes questionnaire-based data to explore how 45 eight- to ten-year-old Canadians understood the term. `Information’ was often considered to be material that met a need, covered particular territory or was associated with action by an individual. The youngsters identified many features they believed characteristic of `good information’; where these requirements were not met the material was frequently deemed `bad information’. The research findings have implications for teachers and librarians, as well as for researchers investigating children’s information needs.

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