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ERIC Number: ED434670
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Pages: 15
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Smarter Higher Education: Information Literacy Adds Value.
Karelse, Cathy-Mae
This paper explores some of the difficulties encountered in integrating one of SAQA's (South African Qualifications Association) critical outcomes, that of information literacy, into higher education curricula in the hope of developing a framework of flexible learning. The contributions made, both theoretically and in practice, by INFOLIT, an information literacy project in the Western Cape region of South Africa, are described. The first section discusses the context of globalization, information infrastructures, and knowledge systems. Information literacy theories and practices are summarized in the second section. The next section presents preliminary findings of INFOLIT related to integration of information literacy into academic courses, curriculum development expertise, capacity development of librarians, developing coalitions, replication of courses in different contexts, regional collaboration, changing mindsets, and institutionalizing information literacy. The fourth section describes challenges related to changing teaching and learning, the need for effective evaluation studies, replication of projects, integration and mainstreaming of projects, institutionalization and sustainability, endorsement of pilot projects by senior management, collaboration and partnerships, interactive learning, needs assessments, promotion and marketing, human resource development, inclusion of all players in pilot project formulation and delivery, understanding learning, development of higher order cognitive skills and structured domains of knowledge, and school and community information literacy models. (Contains 12 references.) (MES)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa