Integrating the thematic approach into information literacy courses

  • Elizabeth Price, Rebecca Richardson
  • Reference Services Review, February 2015, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/rsr-12-2014-0059

Thematic Learning in Information Literacy

What is it about?

The purpose of this paper is to review selected publications in library-related literature and discuss the thematic approach to course design in colleges and universities and how it has been implemented into information literacy (IL) courses.

Why is it important?

The thematic approach to education is found in higher education, however its' use has been limited in information literacy classes. Typically information literacy is taught using one-shot instruction techniques with little linking one topic with the next, however, by using the thematic approach topics are linked under an overlying theme that puts the skills students are learning into perspective of how it might relate in more of a real world setting.


Mrs Rebecca D Richardson
Murray State University

As instructional faculty within an information studies program, I have found that students responded better to the assignments as a whole. In comparing their skills and answers to those of previous courses where the topics were not linked by a theme, those in the course discussed in this article provided much better responses and gave better feedback regarding the course over all.

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The following have contributed to this page: Mrs Rebecca D Richardson and Ms Elizabeth L Price