The career information literacy learning framework

a case study of information systems, information technology and engineering capstone units of an Australian university

Serene Lin-Stephens, Stephen Smith, Marianne Peso, Vincent Pang

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Abstract

Universities worldwide are under increasing pressure to ensure graduate work-readiness upon degree completion. However, the linkage between employability enhancement and disciplinary learning is problematic for many academics. To address this, a conceptual framework of student learning and career development is required. We propose the development of a Career Information Literacy Learning Framework (CILLF) by integrating three key theoretical frameworks, namely experiential learning, career development and information literacy. This study uses the CILLF to investigate capstone units, which are final year subjects. These units' aim is to combine disciplinary knowledge and skills whilst preparing students for the next phase transitions (work, future studies or other life plans). We examine capstone units in three disciplines specifically: Information Systems, Information Technology and Engineering in an Australian university. Academic and professional staff involved in these capstone units participated in semistructured interviews to share their insights in five areas: unit aims, current practices and resources, student outcomes, needs/concerns, and assessment/measurement. We adopted a phenomenographic approach and found patterns using SAS analysis. Our findings support the conceptualisation of the CILLF, uniting the dimensions of learning approaches, career development and information literacy. We address limitations of the research and identify further research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACIS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems
Place of PublicationChiayi, Taiwan
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789860491029
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2016 - Chiayi, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 27 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

Other

Other20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2016
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityChiayi
Period27/06/161/07/16

Keywords

  • Capstone Units
  • Career Information Literacy
  • Employability
  • Qualitative Research
  • Topics Modelling

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    Lin-Stephens, S., Smith, S., Peso, M., & Pang, V. (2016). The career information literacy learning framework: a case study of information systems, information technology and engineering capstone units of an Australian university. In PACIS 2016: Proceedings of the 20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (pp. 1-15). [52] Chiayi, Taiwan: Association for Information Systems.