“Bibliostory—Educational Comic Stories.” A Social Constructivist Approach to Media and Information Literacy Education for Children and Adolescents

  • Ewa A. RozkoszEmail author
  • Zuza Wiorogórska
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 676)


Our paper presents a theoretical background for a Polish comic book “Bibliostory—educational comic stories” (Pl. Bibliostoryedukacyjne historie komiksowe). The comic targets children between 9 and 12 years of age and youths from 13 to 16 years of age. Each story illustrates one issue, such as information searching, organization of information, plagiarism, and information problem solving strategy. Bibliostory is based on two constructivist pedagogical concepts: the zone of proximal development (ZPD) and case-based learning/teaching. These concepts, on application level, are first of all associated with designing educational situations and relationships between teachers and students (educators and learners). The aim of our paper is to present the possibilities of application of these concepts in the educational comic books. We describe the general assumptions of two concepts, then we focus on elements applied in Bibliostory project. We also provide a review of literature on the educational potential of comic books.


Bibliostory Case-based learning Cultural-historical theory Zone of proximal development Media and information literacy Educational comics Poland 



Zuza Wiorogórska’s work was carried out during her stay as the visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, thanks to a scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation. Ewa Rozkosz’s work was carried out thanks to the grant awarded by the Faculty of Education of the University of Lower Silesia for the project “Społeczno-kulturowe podejście w projektowaniu materiałów edukacyjnych na potrzeby edukacji medialnej i informacyjnej dzieci i młodzieży na przykładzie » Bibliostory«” (nr 05/WGW/dok/2016).

We are thankful to Urszula Bochyńska, the coordinator of the “Bibliostory” project, for granting access to information on the comic book promotion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Lower SilesiaWroclawPoland
  2. 2.University of Warsaw LibraryWarsawPoland

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