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Celik, I., Muukkonen, H., & Dogan, S. (2021). A model for understanding new media literacy: Epistemological beliefs and social media use. Library & Information Science Research, 43(4), 101125.

A model for understanding new media literacy : epistemological beliefs and social media use

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Author: Celik, Ismail1; Muukkonen, Hanni1; Dogan, Selcuk2
Organizations: 1Learning and Learning Processes Research Unit, Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
2Elementary & Special Education, Faculty of Education, 4106 College of Education Building, Georgia Southern University, USA
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-19


New media literacy (NML) skills are regarded as crucial for the 21st century. However, there is limited research on the factors affecting NML skills. A robust model was built for exploring the antecedents of NML. The model incorporated epistemological beliefs and social media use purposes. Individuals’ purposes of social media use were found to have an effect on beliefs about information. Further, interactional and communicational use of social media makes epistemological beliefs more sophisticated. However, it is more likely to have naïve beliefs with the use of social media for making new friends. Also, the purposes of social media use and epistemological beliefs affect NML skills. Accordingly, interactional use of social media might contribute to justifying information, in turn, increasing NML skills. This study indicates that knowledge of social media use and epistemological beliefs enables us to largely understand the NML skills.

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Series: Library & information science research
ISSN: 0740-8188
ISSN-E: 1873-1848
ISSN-L: 0740-8188
Volume: 43
Issue: 4
Article number: 101125
DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2021.101125
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (