International Workshop - Higher Education Sector
International Workshop on Information Literacy Policies: Methodological Aspects
Venue: The National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
The aim of the Workshop was to point out the strategic role of methodological approaches in Information Literacy Policy Analysis.
Policy formulation and implementation is a complex process, deeply rooted in awareness of problems and prediction of impacts. The latter element constitutes the most fragile side of the process, since even the best model of prediction cannot cope against unexpected events.
A vast amount of «policy theory» literature has been produced, which proposes different models for predicting realistic system behaviours, without ever reaching a commonconsensus. Alternatively, a major trend towards effective policy formulation is a pragmatic approach based on evidence:policies are adopted on the basis of «what works» rather than ideology or intuition. Despite its more pragmatic positioning with respect to policy theories, the evidence–based approach privileges data and data structures, which are analysed through a systematic process of enquiry. The methodological dimension is evidently crucial in this approach, as a way to perform policy analysis by applying scientific criteria.
Professor Carla Basili
The National Research Council, Italy,
The European network on Information Literacy (EnIL), co-ordinator