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Tuesday, June 20 • 10:30am - 11:00am
2a: Lifting information literacy in Ergonomics - A case study of master degree projects presented at the KTH Royal institute of technology, Stockholm, Sweden

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Aim: The aim of this study is to analyse the impact of integrated information literacy teaching activities in project and theses courses from the 2nd cycle at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The impact is studied by analyzing a set of master theses in Ergonomics presented during the years 2009-2016. This time frame coincides with an increase in the integrated information literacy teaching provided by the KTH Library for the master program in Ergonomics.

Method: We use an interpretative content analysis and a dynamically developed coding scheme to extract data concerning how the master theses incorporate and use earlier research in the theses. We use data collected from interviews with the Ergonomics faculty at KTH and responses to a survey of other Swedish technical university libraries to further analyse strengths and weaknesses in the information literacy teaching provided.

Results: The analysis shows that the increased presence of integrated teaching activities, together with a curriculum development made by the Ergonomics faculty, has led to improved master theses. We therefore claim that there is an increase in information literacy skills over time in students who completed the master degree in Ergonomics. Our preliminary recommendation is that our teaching approach can be fruitfully implemented in other master programs at Swedish technical universities, but there is a need for further studies.

Limitations: This study does not investigate information literacy skills obtained during candidate or PhD-studies, and it does not discuss possible impacts of academic information literacy teaching on the life-long learning process in students.


Göran Hamrin

Director of studies, KTH Library
Göran Hamrin is the Director of studies at the KTH Library and a Lecturer in Library and Information science. He holds a PhD in Mathematical logic from Uppsala university and specializes in integrated information literacy teaching for engineering students, as well as different aspects... Read More →

Tuesday June 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
C2.01 - 2nd floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

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