Thursday, July 18, 2019

Recent articles: digital literacy; mobile infolit; refugees; Complementary medicine information seeking

- Spires, H. (2019). Critical Perspectives on Digital Literacies: Creating a Path Forward. Media and Communication, 7(2).
- Pinto, M. et al. (2019 ). Scientific production on mobile information literacy in higher education: a bibliometric analysis (2006–2017). Scientometrics, 120(1), 57–85.
"This paper offers a bibliometric analysis of the scientific production on Mobile Information Literacy in Higher Education published between 2006 and 2017, taking into account papers covered by Web of Science, Scopus, Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library and Information Science and Technology Abstract, and Education Resources Information Center. Bibliometrics, as an integral part of research evaluation methodology, helps us to identify the subject’s evolution over the period studied. In this research we aim to: (a) identify the most relevant journals that publish literature in this field, (b) calculate the authors’ average productivity and identify the most productive authors, and (c) discover the most significant trends in this academic field, through statistical and co-occurrence word analyses of the titles and the keywords used to index papers. The bibliometric results of this research provide a snapshot of the literature on Mobile Information Literacy that highlights the most relevant journals, authors, and trending keywords."
-Pandey, S. & Ilavarasan, P.V. (2019). People, information and culture: Locating forms of capital by Afghan Sikh refugees in India through ICTs. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 146, 331-338.
"For refugees, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are as important as physical infrastructure... The refugees are building the cultural capital by sharing information in Facebook in the host countries... The refugees negotiate their state of vulnerability by seeking accurate information through text messages and Whatapp groups... The refugees relive and build socio-cultural identities through the Facebook and the Whatsapp."
- Barnes, L. et al (2019). Complementary medicine products information-seeking by pregnant and breastfeeding women in Australia. Midwifery, 77, 60–70.
"The objectives of this study were to identify and explore pregnant or breastfeeding women's sources of, and rationale for seeking complementary medicine products information, the types of information sought, and how women felt their health care practitioners can help them receive information that meets their needs. ... A qualitative research design consisting of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions was conducted. Data were thematically analysed. Participants also completed two validated health literacy screening tools. ... Twenty-five women (n=7 pregnant, n=17 breastfeeding, n=1 both pregnant and breastfeeding) who currently used complementary medicine products participated. ... Twenty-four participants had high health literacy according to the validated screening tools. Around half of the participants had used complementary medicine products for most of their lives and 17 had used complementary medicine products to resolve or manage complex health conditions in adulthood or childhood. Women sought complementary medicine products information from three main sources. 1) Practical and safety information on complementary medicine products was sought from health care practitioners and published research; 2) health care practitioners were also sources of information on reasons for complementary medicine products recommendations and physiological actions; and 3) sharing experiences of complementary medicine products use with other mothers appeared to help women understand what to expect when taking complementary medicine products, support social-emotional wellbeing and encourage participants to look after their own health. Participants strongly expressed the desire for their mainstream biomedical health care practitioners to be more informed in, and open to, complementary medicine product use in pregnancy and breastfeeding."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Glenelg beach, July 2019

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