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Investigators from Lund University Target Information Technology

February 4, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Investigators publish new report on Information Technology. According to news originating from Lund, Sweden, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "This paper presents a way to design and conduct interviews, within a sociocultural perspective, for studying information literacy practices in everyday life. A framework was developed combining a socio-cultural perspective with a narrative interview was developed."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Lund University, "Interviewees were invited to participate by talking and using visual tools (deck of cards of information sources, maps, and horizons of information sources). Five young women were interviewed about how they chose contraceptives and how they in the process engaged in information literacy practices. Analysis. A qualitative analysis was carried out, using transcripts of interviews, visual tools supplemented with observations, field notes and transcripts of conversations during counselling meetings before the interviews. The interviews became 'empowering' arenas, providing opportunities for interviewees and interviewer to reflect on and ponder over what it means to choose and use a contraceptive. The information literacy practices of evaluating information sources about contraceptives became a part of a story to tell about what it means to be a young woman, expressing oneself as leading a sexually active life."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The proposed narrative interview design, in which interviewees are invited to take active part in the interview, proves itself fruitful within a sociocultural perspective."

For more information on this research see: Empowering interviews: narrative interviews in the study of information literacy in everyday life settings. Information Research-An International Electronic Journal, 2013;18(3):227-237. Information Research-An International Electronic Journal can be contacted at: Univ Sheffield Dept Information Studies, Univ Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, S Yorks, England.

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from J.R. Eckerdal, Lund University, Dept. of Arts & Cultural Sci, S-22362 Lund, Sweden.

Keywords for this news article include: Lund, Sweden, Europe, Information Technology

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