A teacher librarian's learning journey

Transliteracy August 26, 2011

Filed under: ETL401 Teacher Librarianship — Jennifer Baccon @ 2:53 am

Well here’s a new slant! The term is used by Ipri not really to give a new meaning to the word “literacy” but rather to explain the idea that meaning is made using/across different media. It’s concerned with viewing learning as occurring through a melding of aspects of literacy. “It is not about learning text literacy and visual literacy and digital literacy in isolation from one another but about the interaction among all these literacies” (Ipri, p. 532) Subtle yes? Maybe it should be contained within a more developed definition of “information literacy”? Again it’s about being literate in the 21st century after all. It’s really a concept – a perspective on understanding of how forms of communication interact. But can this be taught? More reading needed however, what I find really interesting about discussion of transliteracy is the social aspect attended to in defining the term. Fascinating stuff in considering changing notions of authority as knowledge is now shaped through social networks. “Collective authorship” and “collective intelligence” is quite the shift! I agree that transliteracy as a concept can be viewed as “democratising” (p. 567).

OK so “information fluency” is titling the characteristics of being information literate??? Lorenzo (2007) explains it has 3 aspects – basic information technology skills, information literacy skills and critical thinking skills. Not sure about this but some important ponts made re. students preference for “a lateral approach to learning as opposed to a hierachical approach” (p. 3) and the NetGeners need for engagement. Really significant for the TL is Lorenzo’s observation that just because this generation of learners grew up in the digital age, doesn’t mean they necessarily understand how to use technology to sort through all the information bombarding them and what is actually of significance to them in forming their own knowledge amongst all this. TLs seem to be now acting more as filters in the “Recommendation Age”. “To put is simply, while more information choice is good, presenting it in a way that organizes it, instead of confusing it is better” (p. 11).

Question: Is there a difference between information fluency skills and information skills? Do we need a special term to encapsulate the concept whilst the meaning of “information literacy” is once again in flux…


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