ERIC Number: ED479704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Information Literacy and the Undergraduate Methods Curriculum.
Marfleet, B. Gregory; Dille, Brian J.
This paper observes that the "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education" generated by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) (2000) provides a reasonable set of pedagogical goals to guide the construction and implementation of the undergraduate methods course. The paper argues that the particular context of the undergraduate methods course, with its emphasis on developing analytical and data management skills, as well as exposure to concepts such as validity, reliability, measurement, and bias should be particularly fertile ground for the targeted enhancement of ACRL targeted competencies. The paper outlines five information literacy standards described in the ACRL paper and notes specifically how they relate to designing student assignments and research projects. It reports on a limited natural experiment conducted using two sections of a methods course and two sections of a non-methods political science course for comparison, noting that for one course in each of these paired sections, the assignments and some course content were varied to reflect the information literacy standards. The paper presents student scores on a standardized information literacy questionnaire. It states that findings indicated that information-literacy-oriented courses can improve student performance on standardized competency tests. This improvement, however, was equally present in both methods and non-methods courses. Includes five tables. Appended are sample assignments. Cites 16 works. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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