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Title: Investigating citizens' information needs through participative research: a pilot study in Candangolandia, Brazil
Authors: Tavares, Rosemeire B.
Hepworth, Mark
Costa, Sely M.S.
Keywords: Information needs
Information behaviour
Participatory Research and Action
Information literacy
Citizenship
Brazil
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Sage Publications © the authors
Citation: TAVARES, R.B., HEPWORTH, M. and COSTA, S.M.S., 2011. Investigating citizens' information needs through participative research: a pilot study in Candangolandia, Brazil. Information Development, 27 (2), pp. 125 - 138.
Abstract: This paper reports on a pilot investigation in Candangolândia, near Brasilia, in Brazil in 2010. The purpose of the investigation was to determine the efficacy of a participative research methodology for investigating: people’s information needs; developing an information literate approach to problem solving; fostering problem solving and collaborative capabilities and enhancing a sense of citizenship. The research applied techniques that enabled people to collaborate and identify their information needs, as well as information solutions, through the exploration of a social problem that they had identified. Participatory Research and Action (PRA) was the chosen methodology. Nineteen techniques were applied. The findings indicated that it was possible to use PRA to explore information needs. Participants were able to identify, classify and prioritize information needs and use information in order to suggest solutions for the selected social problem. The intervention helped develop collaborative problem solving skills and a heightened sense of citizenship.
Description: This article is closed access, it was published in the journal Information Development [© Sage Publications]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266666911401167
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1177/0266666911401167
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13119
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266666911401167
ISSN: 0266-6669
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Information Science)

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