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ERIC Number: EJ1001900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8329
Student Perceptions of Information Literacy Instruction: The Importance of Active Learning
Detlor, Brian; Booker, Lorne; Serenko, Alexander; Julien, Heidi
Education for Information, v29 n2 p147-161 2012
This study investigates the merits of employing active learning strategies in the delivery of information literacy instruction (ILI). Traditional approaches to the teaching of information literacy skills--where students are passive recipients of the information they receive--are challenged. Rather, methods that encourage students to actively engage themselves in the learning process are posited to yield heightened student learning outcomes. To test this assumption, a survey was administered to 372 undergraduate students who experienced both passive and active learning ILI opportunities. Results indicate that passive instruction is not an effective style of teaching in yielding positive student psychological, behavioural or benefit outcomes. Rather active instruction yields more positive effects. Importantly, the amount of active ILI received does not matter; a single active learning instructional session may be sufficient to yield significant and sustaining student learning outcomes. This is particularly good news for ILI practitioners working in resource-constrained higher educational environments. (Contains 8 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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