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Title: Towards internationalisation of library and information of library and information science education : Bologna process as a lever of quality in Italy
Author: Tammaro, Anna
ISNI:       0000 0004 2720 5292
Awarding Body: Northumbria University
Current Institution: Northumbria University
Date of Award: 2011
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The general aim of the research was to establish whether the Bologna Process (BP), started after the Bologna Declaration (1999) in Europe and including the internationalisation programmes, could be a lever for quality enhancement of Library and Information Science (LIS) education in Italy. The main problem identified by the research is that there are different concepts of quality and that the internationalisation of LIS education lends itself to various interpretations. The BP learning outcomes model has been adopted as an approach which has the potential to empower students through the knowledge and capabilities needed for the European labour market. The approach to the research was qualitative and a number of research methods were used in trying to achieve an in-depth understanding of the issues, through literature and documentary reviews and by interviewing key informants and LIS stakeholders. To find out what the possible impact in Italy could be of an international curriculum, with an advanced application of the BP learning outcomes model, the research project considered the case study of the International Masters in Information Studies (MAIS) which is a joint international course offered by the Universities of Northumbria, (UK) and Parma, (IT). From the collection of data in the first phase, an LIS learning outcomes quality model was drawn up, which included the content of the programme, related to a new active role in society for information and library specialists, learning and teaching and learning outcomes which should achieve an international view, capability for critical thinking, self-management, as well as an understanding of the social role of the profession. Analysing the case study, it became clear that MAIS has contributed to an effective transformation of the student learning experience, but that students have met obstacles to putting into practice the knowledge and capabilities they had gained. A negative impact on the library profession was generated by poor comprehension within it of the role of libraries in the context of constant change: effectively this approach taken by the programme, and encouraged in the students is discordant with a prevailing attitude within Italian society which sees libraries only as elements innately linked to the conservation and stability of the cultural heritage, within an ―archival paradigm‖. The absence of a dialogue amongst the stakeholders in LIS education is exacerbated in Italy by the different purposes each stakeholder has of evaluation. The Government which is leading the quality assurance process apply quantitative and generic indicators, the Library Association contributes to lowering the profession qualification. The evidence demonstrates that in Italy the profession is not international and the BP has been only partially applied.
Supervisor: McLeod, Julie Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: P100 Information Services ; P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation