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Multi-lingual and multi-cultural information literacy; perspectives, models and good practice

Nowrin, S., Robinson, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-5202-8206 & Bawden, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0478-6456 (2018). Multi-lingual and multi-cultural information literacy; perspectives, models and good practice. Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, 68(3), pp. 207-222. doi: 10.1108/gkmc-05-2018-0050


This paper reviews current approaches to, and good practice, in information literacy development in multi-lingual and multi-cultural settings, with particular emphasis on provision for international students.

A selective and critical review of published literature is extended by evaluation of examples of multi-lingual information literacy tutorials and MOOCs.

Multi-lingual and multi-cultural information literacy are umbrella terms covering a variety of situations and issues. This provision is of increasing importance in an increasingly mobile and multi-cultural world. This article evaluates current approaches and good practice, focusing on issues of culture vis a vis language, the balance between individual and group needs, specific and generic information literacy instruction, and models for information literacy, pedagogy and culture. Recommendations for good practice and for further research are given,

This is one of very few articles critically reviewing how information literacy development is affected by linguistic and cultural factors.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: information literacy; multi-lingual; multi-cultural; cultural factors; international students; models
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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