Tech Ed students strut their stuff: information literacy and a practical assignment
Locke, Rae-Anne (2005) Tech Ed students strut their stuff: information literacy and a practical assignment. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 36(4), pp. 180-194.
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This reports a study that seeks to explore the experience of students majoring in technology and design in an undergraduate education degree. It examines their experiences in finding and using information for a practical assignment. In mapping the variation of the students' experience, the study uses a qualitative, interpretive approach to analyse the data, which was collected via one-to-one interviews.
The analysis yielded five themes through which technology education students find and use information: interaction with others; experience (past and new); formal educational learning; the real world; and incidental occurrences. The intentions and strategies that form the students' approaches to finding and using information are discussed. So too are the implications for teaching practice.
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