ERIC Number: ED558585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
National Civics Teacher Survey: Information Literacy in High School Civics. Fact Sheet
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
Teaching students to use news and information media ("information literacy") is an important aspect of civic education, especially now that news sources are rapidly changing and fragmenting along ideological lines. Information literacy is required in several state standards, and it is also frequently defined as an important "21st century skill." Civics and government courses are among the places where information literacy can be taught. Using the data from the National Civics Teacher Survey, this study explores the extent to which information literacy is taught in high school civics classes and how its teaching varies. Overall findings include: (1) Civics teachers believe that information literacy is critical, and that students must to be able to identify, gather, and produce credible information; (2) Less than half of teachers are very confident about teaching information literacy, and a majority are interested in receiving more training and resources; (3) Teachers commonly use news articles as sources, and 80% discuss election-related issues at least weekly; (4) AP and honors courses are more likely to incorporate information literacy than courses that are required for graduation; and (5) Teachers who perceive more support are more likely to teach information literacy. Researchers used a survey that asked teachers to answer questions about the courses they taught in the fall of 2012; most teachers reported on more than one class. The semester was unusual in that teachers reported spending much more time than usual on politics because of the upcoming presidential election in 45% of courses offered that fall.
Descriptors: Civics, National Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Information Literacy, Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Citizenship Education, Mass Media Use, News Media, Self Esteem, Advanced Placement Programs, Honors Curriculum, Secondary School Curriculum
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Lincoln Filene Hall, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155. Tel: 617-627-4781; Fax: 617-727-3401; Web site: http://www.civicyouth.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Sponsor: McCormick Foundation
Authoring Institution: CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement); Tufts Univ., Medford, MA.