Embedding information literacy in a first year business undergraduate course

Price, Robin A., Becker, Karen L., Clark, Lynette, & Collins, Sue (2011) Embedding information literacy in a first year business undergraduate course. Studies in Higher Education, 36(6), pp. 705-718.

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This article reports on a project to embed information literacy skills development in a first-year undergraduate business course at an Australian university. In accordance with prior research suggesting that first-year students are over-confident about their skills, the project used an optional online quiz to allow students to pre-test their information literacy skills. The students' lower than expected results subsequently encouraged greater skill development. However, not all students elected to undertake the first quiz. A final assessable information literacy quiz increased the levels of student engagement, suggesting that skill development activities need to be made assessable. We found that undertaking the information literacy quizzes resulted in a statistically significant improvement in students' information literacy skills from the pre-test to the post-test. This research therefore extends previous research by providing an effective means of delivering information literacy skill development to large cohorts of first-year students.

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ID Code: 41418
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Information Literacy, Teaching and Learning Strategies, Collaborative Work, Scholarship of Teaching, Student Success , HERN
DOI: 10.1080/03075071003725350
ISSN: 0307-5079
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2011 22:35
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 00:01

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