Older Australians’ information literacy experiences using mobile devices

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Gema Linares Soler


This article presents the findings of a constructivist grounded theory study that explored older Australians’ information literacy (IL) experience using mobile devices in their daily lives. Australians aged 65 years of age or older who use mobile devices took part in an in-depth semi-structured interview. Analysis of data from twelve interviews gave as result a substantive theory consisting of six interconnected categories: ageing; learning to use and manage mobile devices; being entertained; enacting everyday life; learning; and managing relationships. Examination of these categories revealed the different ways in which older adults experience IL using mobile devices through their engagement with information in their daily life. Furthermore, these categories supported that the degree of older adults’ IL exerts a significant impact on the level, and way of use and adoption of mobile devices.

This study provides new knowledge and understanding about how older adults experience IL and how their IL experiences are socially and culturally influenced by their interactions within that community.

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LINARES SOLER, Gema. Older Australians’ information literacy experiences using mobile devices. Journal of Information Literacy, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 2, p. 4-25, dec. 2019. ISSN 1750-5968. Available at: <https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/JIL/article/view/PRA-V13-I2-1>. Date accessed: 24 sep. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.11645/13.2.2650.
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