Friday, November 11, 2005

The Kitchen Sink

Hey Lauren, Sorry I have neglected this blog. Yes yes yes I am still planning on doing the independent study - next summer if possible.

Right now I have lots of ideas and need a focus.

Here's my overriding concern and interest. AASL has nine student standards for information literacy:

INFORMATION LITERACY STANDARDS

Standard 1 The student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively.

Standard 2 The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.

Standard 3 The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively.

Standard 4 The student who is an independent learner is information literate and pursues information related to personal interests.

Standard 5 The student who is an independent learner is information literate and appreciates literature and other creative expressions of information.

Standard 6 The student who is an independent learner is information literate and strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.

Standard 7 The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society.

Standard 8 The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.

Standard 9 The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.

These are available with indicators in a pdf file from this site: http://www.ala.org/aaslTemplate.cfm?Section=informationpower

I would really like to have the time to reflect about these and what they actually mean and how they play out with students --and maybe with professionals. And I guess an obvious question would be how they morph into university info lit standards? Do they? Is there any disconnect? Looking over them, I think I see several of your ethical questions addressed.

One area where our interests may overlap would also be in teacher education: do pre-service teachers need information literacy? Is information literacy a cornerstone of lifelong learning and continuing professional development? Is there an info literacy core that teachers need to have and convey to their students? I think these questions would be germane to the departments we represent: Curriculum and Instruction as well as Library & Info Science.

I met with Bob today and we talked about approaching this from a needs assessment angle: is there a need for info literacy?

Another angle of interest to me is the new NC Center for 21st Century Skills http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/

How do these skill map onto the AASL Info Lit Skills?

I've also started thinking about assessment and metacognition (self-assessment) because I think at heart this is what information literacy is about - assessing a need for information, seeking information, assessing the information you find, applying the information to the problem, assessing your application....

Tell me more about social epistemology...

Sue

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