ERIC Number: ED358870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Information Literacy for Lifelong Learning. ERIC Digest.
Hancock, Vicki E.
Information literacy requires that the learner recognize the need for information, be able to identify and locate it, gain access to it, and then evaluate the quality of the information received before organizing it and using it effectively. In an information literate environment students engage in active and self-directed activities. Information literacy thrives in a resource-based learning environment in which students and teachers make decisions about appropriate sources of information and how to access them. Information literacy benefits students by counteracting the information dependency created by traditional schooling and sets the teacher free to become the facilitator of interaction at the small-group or individual level. Information literate students are more effective consumers of information resources, and become better-prepared citizens, who know how to use information to their best advantage in work and everyday life. The workplace of the future will also demand information literate workers. An early commitment to learning as a process will enable the worker of the future to function effectively. (Contains eight references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Citizenship Education, Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Information Dissemination, Information Literacy, Information Retrieval, Information Utilization, Lifelong Learning, Nontraditional Education, Student Responsibility, Teacher Role, User Needs (Information)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, 4-194 Center for Science and Technology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-4100 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.