Revista de Estudios Sociales
versão impressa ISSN 0123-885X
BARBOSA CHACON, Jorge Winston; BARBOSA HERRERA, Juan Carlos; MARCIALES VIVAS, Gloria Patricia e CASTANEDA PENA, Harold Andrés. Reconceptualizing Information Competency: A Case from Higher Education. rev.estud.soc. [online]. 2010, n.37, pp. 121-142. ISSN 0123-885X.
This article presents the results of a study, started in 2006, on information competency in university students. The study was based on the idea that we should use a semiotic focus of discourse to rethink the traditional understanding of information competency. We argue that information competency is represented in already-existing conditions (cognitive, affective, and pragmatic modalities of understanding). These conditions make it possible to interact in a relative manner with the information. We also developed an in situ method to analyze understanding. This method was tested with a student studying Education at the Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia) at a distance. The results show that the dimensions of information competency can be understood based on the subject's experience. The student showed examples of the clear relationship between the modalities (the semiotic perspective) and the experiences accrued over his or her life (the socio-cultural perspective). The strong relationships between the modalities that required careful analysis of the results were also evident.
Palavras-chave : University Students; Sources of Information; Information Competency; Information Searches; Access to Information; Information Skills.