Proposal Title

Embedded Information Literacy - A Challenge for Higher Education?

Proposal Abstract

We would like to present some ideas on the practice of teaching and learning in the field of information literacy by introducing a model of our own based on previous research by David Ellis and Carol Kuhlthau. The model is a vision for imparting generic and information skills and it aspires to develop these skills within the educational process that later could be transferred to all areas of lifelong learning. We would also like to discuss how to implement information literacy in higher education programmes. The best way to achieve information literacy is through experiences that integrate cognitive and technical learning. If information literacy is to move into the mainstream of education, initiatives need to be undertaken in the context of education policy formulation. Information literacy instruction needs to be planned inside academic programmes, not just in response to individual initiatives.

Full Proposal

The challenge faced by any educational programme is to create a learning environment and a curriculum that enable students to learn new knowledge, access previously acquired information from a variety of disciplines, and most importantly, to apply this newly constructed knowledge to the complex and constantly changing world.

We would like to discuss methods that can, and hopefully does, improve the practice of teaching and learning information literacy and to present what we have done to develop research-related graduate attributes such as the skills of enquiry, analysis, synthesis, creativity and objectivity through an Applied Information Literacy Model. By implementing the model, practice has shown that this approach is useful for pedagogical developmental work, including curriculum development in general, and specifically for curricula-embedded information literacy programmes.

Learning outcomes for the audience is for us to give a good impression of, and valuable insights into, many aspects of information literacy education and developments in the field.

Location

Room 2904 B

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Nov 1st, 9:00 AM Nov 1st, 9:45 AM

Embedded Information Literacy - A Challenge for Higher Education?

Room 2904 B

We would like to present some ideas on the practice of teaching and learning in the field of information literacy by introducing a model of our own based on previous research by David Ellis and Carol Kuhlthau. The model is a vision for imparting generic and information skills and it aspires to develop these skills within the educational process that later could be transferred to all areas of lifelong learning. We would also like to discuss how to implement information literacy in higher education programmes. The best way to achieve information literacy is through experiences that integrate cognitive and technical learning. If information literacy is to move into the mainstream of education, initiatives need to be undertaken in the context of education policy formulation. Information literacy instruction needs to be planned inside academic programmes, not just in response to individual initiatives.