Communications in Information Literacy, Vol 10, No 1 (2016)

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Identifying Threshold Concepts for Information Literacy: A Delphi Study

Lori Townsend, Amy R. Hofer, Silvia Lin Hanick, Korey Brunetti


This study used the Delphi method to engage expert practitioners on the topic of threshold concepts for information literacy. A panel of experts considered two questions. First, is the threshold concept approach useful for information literacy instruction? The panel unanimously agreed that the threshold concept approach holds potential for information literacy instruction. Second, what are the threshold concepts for information literacy instruction? The panel proposed and discussed over fifty potential threshold concepts, finally settling on six information literacy threshold concepts.

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