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ERIC Number: EJ824566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0021-3667
Information Literacy as Foundational: Determining Competence
DeMars, Christine; Cameron, Lynn; Erwin, T. Dary
Journal of General Education, v52 n4 p253-265 2003
Finding, accessing, and determining the credibility of information are skills most people would deem necessary for the college educated person, if not the average citizen, to possess today. At the same time, educators, as well as constituents of educational institutions are asking for better and more sophisticated assessment instruments of learning to gauge the progress of the students. This paper discusses the Information Seeking Skills Test (ISST), a computer-based test of information literacy that purports to measure these skills. The ISST is a competence test required of all freshmen at James Madison University (JMU) in Virginia. The test development process and the lessons learned are described to assist other institutions wishing to adopt and assess the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, 2000) conceptual standards of information literacy. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia