Melissa Gross and Don Latham will present their paper, “First Year College Students and Information: A Phenomenographic Investigation” in session 5A.
1) What do you hope people gain from your presentation and/or panel? My co-presenter Don Latham and I are very excited to share our experience in using Phenomenography to better understand how first year college students understand and perceive information. Phenomenography was developed in Sweden in the early 1970s, was used by Christine Bruce in her foundational study of information literacy. We are starting to see this method being used in the US in studies of information literacy and it was a very interesting process to take this approach to data analysis.
2) Are there one or two articles or websites you think attendees would benefit from reading before attending your session? Bruce, C. (1997). The seven faces of information Literacy. Australia, Auslib Press Pty Ltd.
Gross, M., & Latham, D. (2007). Attaining information literacy: An investigation of the relationship between skill level, self estimates of skill, and library anxiety. Library & Information Science Research, 29, 332-353.
3) What do you enjoy most about presenting to a crowd with such broad interests (practitioners, researchers, students, librarians, archivists, info tech, etc)? I have been to all (but one) of the LRS conferences and have found uniformly that the discussions are particularly deep and involving as attendees at this conference are truly interested in library research. I know there is going to be a lot of food for thought and useful perspectives shared.
4) How did you get interested or develop this research topic/project or panel topic? Our research has been trying to deeply understand the perspective students hold concerning what information literacy is and what skill set is needed to be information literate. We are also deeply interested in the problem of self-assessment. Phenomenography offers a way to focus on experience rather than particular research participants or specific phenomenon. It provided an excellent fit between research question and method.
5) Where or to whom do you see your research/panel being most useful, implementable, or interesting? We think that people who like research methods will be interested in our talk as well as people interested in information literacy and the problems associated with promoting it. Attendees who are interested in young people and information may also be interested in what we have learned.
6) If you have collaborated on your research or project, how has that collaboration assisted and possibly changed the development of your work? It is always good to have another perspective when you are asking new questions. One of the problems in self- assessment is how can you know what you don’t know you don’t know. Working with another person can offer some help with that problem!