Information Literacy awareness within the Diploma Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate.This paper is presented at the 2012 IASL Conference – Nov.11 through 15 – Doha, Qatar, as part of the peer-reviewed new research, International Research Forum. It is based on a master's dissertation (MS'c Information and Library Studies at the Robert Gordon University) for which the author received the Douglas Anderson Award.
Over the paste decades, Information Literacy (IL) rose slowly to the top of the agenda for many information and library professionals, as shown by the plenitude of IL research in higher education. Once one moves to secondary or primary education, the number of studies diminishes. Is there less need for IL in pre-tertiary education? To what extend IL has gotten a central role within the IB programme, not just within the curriculum but more importantly within the minds of those involved, whether they are students who grow up in a world with an abundance of often dubious information, or teachers who we rely upon to teach our children the skills they require to deal with this information, or parents who inevitably help determine the school’s agenda through their choice of school and the expectations and demands they place upon the school and its teachers, is what this research examines.
About the author:
I started my career in the field of architecture as a 3D-visualisation expert and gradually moved towards ICT-management. After a 10-year stay in Singapore, a move to Germany triggered a career change towards librarianship. After a 1-year interval in Shanghai, where I started a library for a candidate IB school, we moved back to Singapore where I took on the role of media specialist and commenced MSc Information and Library Studies at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen . My own continuous changing career has learned me the importance of self-learning skills, which goes hand in hand with information literacy skills. This, together with my experience with IB as a parent of 2 and as a media specialist made me passionate about information literacy and its application within schools.
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