Information Literacy and Higher Education Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the role of information literacy in secondary and higher education.
# 145817 | 1,286 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 28, 2010 in Education (Higher) , Education (Theory)

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This paper examines information literacy, viewing it as possibly the most essential component of higher education. The paper further explores information literacy in terms of scholarship, practice and leadership, defining the term and elaborating on its necessity in education and life. Various studies are cited that point to its ongoing necessity at all levels of a student's education. It also considers how new technologies can enhance a students expertise in information literacy. The paper concludes by stating that the world of higher education asks students not only to learn the skills that will place them in a career, but also the ability to learn critical thinking skills, of which information literacy is the basis.

From the Paper:

"While higher education is intended to prepare a student for his or her future occupation, its goal is also to introduce students to the important concepts, theories, and research in their specific field as well as other fields that are relevant to them. Thus, scholarship is an important component of higher education, as students must have an understanding of academic scholarship in order to perform successfully in their fields. Despite this requirement, students enter institutes of higher education without the ability to comprehend or analyze scholarship. This is often a result of high school curriculums focused on the regurgitation of knowledge."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Keller, John. (2008, February 8). What is Information Literacy? Retrieved February 11, 2009, from the National Forum on Information Literacy. Web Site:
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  • Namwar, Y. and Rastgoo, A. (2008). Weblog As A Learning Tool In Higher Education. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 9(3), 176-185.
  • Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. (1989, January 10). Final Report from the Presidential Committee on Information Literacy, outlining the importance of information literacy and recommendations for the future. Washington, D.C.
  • Zabel, D. (2004). A Reaction to "Information Literacy and Higher Education." Journal of Academic Librarianship, 30(1),

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