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Information literacy in the home: a study of the use and understanding of information by parents of young children. Walker

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Information literacy in the home: a study of the use and understanding of information by parents of young children. Walker

  1. 1. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk 1 Information Literacy in the Home: A study of the use and understanding of information by parents of young children Christopher G. Walker PhD Researcher LILAC 2008
  2. 2. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk ‘Information literacy is the Zeitgeist of our times’ (Bundy, 2004) ‘A typical child spends only 15% of their time in school, and remaining 85% at home.’ Stephanie Makin, Deputy Head Teacher ‘Parental involvement in a child’s schooling between the ages of 7 and 16 is a more powerful force than family background, size of family and level of parental education’ (Feinstein, L & Symons, 1999) 2
  3. 3. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk • Much of the existing literature deals with information literacy in a pedagogical context. • There is little research into the application of information literacy in a ‘real world setting’. • There has been comparatively little investigation into the information seeking behaviour of parents. 3
  4. 4. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk • To increase our understanding of information literacy theory in the social context of parenting. • To examine information literacy in its widest context and determine how parents identify an information need, search for, evaluate and use the information they obtain. • To provide a new perspective on the concept of information literacy, moving it away from more accepted behaviouristic understanding and applying the concept to the sociological context of modern parenting. 4
  5. 5. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk • To fully define the term information literacy for the purpose of this project. • To obtain high quality data determining the information needs of parents. • To obtain high quality data determining the sources of information parents use. • To devise a measure to obtain high quality data to assess the information literacy skills of parents. 5
  6. 6. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk • To gain an understanding of how a parent’s gender, ethnicity, age, education and social economic background affects: – Their attitudes to the internet as a beneficial source of information; – Their ability to make sense of the internet as a source of information. • To gain and determine the suitability of existing information literacy models in the social context of parenting. 6
  7. 7. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk • Very little research into the information literacy of parents • Parents ‘overloaded’ with help and advice from ‘professionals’, family and friends, TV, books, magazines and the internet (Mumsnet) etc. • A lot of recent government activity: – Every Child Matters – The Children’s Plan 7
  8. 8. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk • Health issues such as, ‘is the MMR safe?’ • What is the truth about healthy eating? • Child development questions e.g. childhood illness, academic stages. ‘Parents needed information on: health for the child, child care, and child development.’ (Nicholas and Marden 1997) 8
  9. 9. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk • Interview between 60 – 90 parents of primary school aged children in Leeds • Mixed socio-economic backgrounds. • Parents recruited with help from: – Primary school head teachers – Leeds Health and Wellbeing project – Leeds Parental Advisors 9
  10. 10. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk • Semi-structured lasting about an hour. • Each interview will be recoded, transcribed and coded. • NVivo 7 will be used to help analyse and code the data. 10
  11. 11. Christopher G Walker | Innovation North | LILAC 2008 Planning & Decision Making | c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk 11 Christopher Walker PhD Researcher Faculty of Innovation North Leeds Metropolitan University Priestley Hall - Room 206 Beckett Park Leeds LS6 3QS Phone: 0113 812 8669 Email: c.g.walker@leedsmet.ac.uk Web:  www.cgwalker.org.uk

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