Evolution Characteristics of the Information Literacy Education Policy for Chinese College Students


Information literacy education
Policy evolution
Social network analysis
Co-word analysis




In order to cultivate information literacy among college students, the Chinese government has formulated a series of relevant policies as well as revised and adjusted the policy priorities along with the times. Guided by co-word and social network analysis, this study analyzes 170 policy texts that have been promulgated by the Chinese government from 1981 to 2020. Based on the clustering results of high-frequency keywords, this study explores the characteristics of policy evolution and its influencing factors from three dimensions: policy themes, contents of information literacy education, and the methods for cultivating information literacy education. Several suggestions have also been put forward in this article to improve the information literacy education policy for Chinese college students.


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