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ERIC Number: ED412946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 13
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Information Skills: The Reflections and Perceptions of Student Teachers and Related Professionals.
Wilson, Kay
Part of the discussion of the "information rich but knowledge poor" concerns physical access to information, but another aspect relates to whether people can effectively use the information they have accessed. In education, this relates to teachers as well as pupils. If teachers fail to understand the value and relevance of information skills for themselves as learners, this creates problems in developing those skills in their pupils. This paper investigates the perceptions and expectations of information skills development in student teachers. Interviews were conducted with teacher education institute lecturers, secondary school teachers, librarians at the local schools' library service, and student teachers. The study was done within the context of information skills development and the present teacher training ethos in Scotland. Results indicate three main issues: a lack of understanding about the term "information skills"; a general inability to view information skills as generic skills in a holistic way; and an inability and/or lack of opportunity to reflect on abilities and shortfalls. Reflection is part of learning, and teachers by virtue of their profession are more involved in the learning process than are other learners--for themselves and their pupils. (Contains 45 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)