ERIC Number: ED351033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-24
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Outcome Measures for Information Literacy within the National Education Goals of 1990. Final Report to National Forum on Information Literacy. Summary of Findings.
Doyle, Christina S.
This report summarizes the findings of a study that was conducted for the National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL), a group of representatives from 46 national organizations from business, government, and education which share an interest and concern with information literacy. The purpose of this study was to create a comprehensive definition of information literacy and to develop outcome measures for the concept. The National Education Goals of 1990 were used as a framework to demonstrate the critical nature of information literacy for attainment of selected goals. The study employed the Delphi research technique, through which a panel of 56 selected experts were assisted to reach consensus on the definition and the outcomes. This report presents the concise definition of information literacy formulated by the panel--i.e., the ability to access, evaluate, and use information from a variety of sources--as well as a listing of 10 discrete attributes of an information literate person. Of the six National Education Goals of 1990, three that the panel ranked as relevant to the desired outcomes of information literacy are then discussed: (1) all children should start school ready to learn; (2) elementary and secondary school students need to learn how to learn in order to make informed decisions; and (3) adults must be provided with the literacy and other skills necessary for employment and citizenship. It is noted that these goals represent a continuum for lifelong learning, and the panel's recommendations for specific policies at the national, state, and local levels to facilitate these outcomes are listed for each goal. Appendices provide lists of the members of the panel of experts who completed the project, the organizations represented in the study, and the items upon which the panel achieved consensus. (KRN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: National Education Goals 1990