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Noora Hirvonen, Laura Palmgren-Neuvonen, Cognitive authorities in health education classrooms: A nexus analysis on group-based learning tasks, Library & Information Science Research, Volume 41, Issue 3, 2019, 100964, ISSN 0740-8188,

Cognitive authorities in health education classrooms : a nexus analysis on group-based learning tasks

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Author: Hirvonen, Noora1; Palmgren-Neuvonen, Laura1
Organizations: 1Information Studies, Faculty of Humanities, P.O. Box 1000, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-07-11


Socio-technical changes have transformed information practices and challenged conceptions of cognitive authorities, referring to information sources that are deemed credible and legitimate and influence people’s thinking. Cognitive authorities in group-based knowledge-construction projects in health education lessons were explored in this study. Nexus analysis was used to analyze participant interviews and video-observed social actions in three secondary school health-education classrooms (Grades 8–9) in Finland. The findings show how group-based projects employing multiple information sources offer opportunities for the distribution and co-construction of cognitive authorities. However, explicit negotiations on the authority of sources were rare. Cognitive authorities appeared as contextual and situational but also guided by broader discourses circulating in the scene of action. By embedding information literacy instruction throughout the curriculum, information professionals and teachers can support young learners to recognize relevant authorities in different spheres of knowledge and to become competent users of health information.

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Series: Library & information science research
ISSN: 0740-8188
ISSN-E: 1873-1848
ISSN-L: 0740-8188
Volume: 41
Issue: 3
Article number: 100964
DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2019.100964
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 520 Other social sciences
Funding: The study was funded by the Academy of Finland (Grant No. 299112).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 299112
Detailed Information: 299112 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license