Towards a student-centred approach to information literacy learning: A focus group study on the information behaviour of translation and interpreting students

Dora Sales
2008, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. pp. 41 - 60


Introduction and objectives: From the vantage point of user studies and information literacy paradigm, an empirical case-study has been carried out (at the University Jaume I, Castellón, Spain) in order to establish a diagnosis of the information behaviour of translation students. It is hoped that this study will serve as a basis for the design and subsequent implementation of programs of instruction (within the paradigm of Information Literacy) specific to this interdisciplinary field. Methodology: The study is located within the qualitative paradigm, using the technique of focus group interview. Two focus groups were made up of students from different stages of their academic career. Results: A positive evolution is identified within the student group (from first to third cycle) as regards the successful acquisition of information skills. Differences are observed concerning information skills, knowledge and values between the translation students of the different cycles. Conclusions: The study highlights the progress registered by the translation students in their information competence and the resultant conceptualization: a development from knowledge towards strategy and lifelong learning.


user studies, information behaviour, information seeking behaviour, Information Literacy (INFOLIT), translation studies, empirical study, case study, focus group technique

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