Character building in children's online information behaviours: applying a virtue epistemology perspective to information literacy

David McMenemy, Steven Buchanan

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This paper advances our understanding of the theoretical and practical challenges of developing intellectual character in children's online information behaviours. We argue that widely reported issues such as misinformation and disinformation extend IL education beyond considerations of ability to considerations of disposition, and highlight this as an understudied topic within IL education. We introduce the classical concept of intellectual character and discuss virtues traits in the IL context. Applying Baehr's nine intellectual virtues to two commonly cited IL models, we evidence limited presence of virtues in IL models, and propose an important agenda for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Literacy in Everyday Life
Subtitle of host publication6th European Conference, ECIL 2018, Oulu, Finland, September 24–27, 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsSerap Kurbanoğlu, Sonja Špiranec, Yurdagül Ünal, Joumana Boustany, Maija Leena Huotari, Esther Grassian, Diane Mizrachi, Loriene Roy
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2019
EventEuropean Conference on Information Literacy 2018 - Oulu, Finland
Duration: 24 Sep 201827 Sep 2018
Conference number: 6


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Information Literacy 2018
Abbreviated titleECIL 2018
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  • digital citizenship
  • information literacy
  • information behaviour
  • children
  • virtue epistemology
  • virtue ethics

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