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ED 2210 - Literacy in the Content Area Classroom (LaSalle)

How to teach students to be information literate

Why is this important?

Some of you might have a school librarian who can work with your students on their research. But many of you will have to take your students' information literacy needs into your own hands. 

Information literacy is more than just being able to find an article to write your paper. It is about being able to understand your "information need," evaluate information, and synthesize.

Last week, a new study from Stanford University revealed that many students are inept at discerning fact from opinion when reading articles online.

What is information literacy?

Last year, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) developed the Framework for Information Literacy. 

This new Framework is meant to act as a guide to help explain the theories behind information literacy and the important threshold concepts that students must learn to incorporate into their thinking. 

The six threshold concepts that anchor the frames are (presented alphabetically):

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration