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ERIC Number: EJ814812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1749-6896
Bridging between Information Literacy and Information Technology in Singapore Schools: An Exploratory Study
Mokhtar, Intan Azura; Foo, Schubert; Majid, Shaheen
Education, Knowledge & Economy: A Journal for Education and Social Enterprise, v1 n2 p185-197 Jun 2007
With rapid developments in information technology (IT) and the increasingly sophisticated abilities of IT users, schools have the inevitable task of integrating IT in their school curriculum. Owing to the prevalent use of educational technology in schools, it is often questioned whether information literacy (IL) is necessary in the school curriculum, especially when it is widely perceived that IT literacy is equivalent to IL. This article gives an overview of IT initiatives as well as IL strategies that have been implemented in Singapore schools and addresses the gaps that exist in the Singapore school education system in assimilating these two areas. On the basis of exploratory interviews with practitioners and academics in the area of education, several suggestions to bridge the gaps between IT and IL in the school curriculum are presented. These include compulsory IL training for all teachers; the revival of the now defunct School Libraries Unit within the Ministry of Education; the creation of the role of a full-time teacher librarian within each school; and the seamless integration of IT and IL training within the school curriculum. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore