A Holistic Approach towards
Information Literacy:
The Role of Parents, using the
National Library Singapore
Outreach Progr...
Why Parents?
3
Parents. The often forgotten missing
link in the equation for a student’s
successful learning journey.
children Parents ...
4
Teachers know the
importance of IL, but no
chance for individual
coaching. The parents
do not realise its
importance, an...
5
Beware of the Tiger Mummy
Carried to the extreme, many parents rob
their children of the opportunity to become
lifelong ...
Defining the Role of Parents as Advocates of
Information Literacy
7
Parent as Helper-Guide
Term borrowed from Eisenberg & Berkowitz from
“Big6”
• Provide assistance and advice when
necessa...
8
Unique Selling Point.
School Projects.
•Greater concern and awareness of weak
judgment and over-reliance on the Internet...
Implementing the Parents Information Literacy Programme
10
S.U.R.E.
Source. Understand.
Evaluate. Research.
Body copy minimum 12pt flush left 65% black.
Other half of area can be...
11
Ace Your Project Work! A
Parent’s Guide to Helping
Your Child Excel at School
Projects.
Courseware development
•Coverag...
12
Ace Your Project Work!
Parents’ Handbook.
Content Overview
Besides the Big6 and specific actions that
parents can take ...
13
Ace Your Project Work!
Children’s Workbook.
Content Overview
As a companion to the Parents’ Handbook,
the Children’s Wo...
14
Outreach.
Strategy.
Three-pronged strategy:
•Parents Support Groups in schools
•In-house workshops & parenting talks
•P...
15
Outreach & Workshops
Workshops & Outreaches People
20 workshops 784 attendees
7 outreaches 1,852 attendees
Challenges & What’s Next
17
Challenges implementing
programmes for parents.
•Lack of support from schools
•Parents want to leave the education to
e...
18
What’s Next?
DIY Learning.
Towards a sustainable business
model:
•Parents’ Handbook and Children’s
Workbook to be made ...
19
What’s Next?
DIY Learning.
Thank You
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Lee and Pek- A holistic approach towards information literacy: the role of parents, using the National Library Singapore outreach programme as a case study

  1. 1. A Holistic Approach towards Information Literacy: The Role of Parents, using the National Library Singapore Outreach Programme as a case study Ivy Lee Huey Shin & Sara Pek Leng Leng
  2. 2. Why Parents?
  3. 3. 3 Parents. The often forgotten missing link in the equation for a student’s successful learning journey. children Parents are major influencers of their children
  4. 4. 4 Teachers know the importance of IL, but no chance for individual coaching. The parents do not realise its importance, and lack the skills to do so, but has the means to guide children. Example Example Example Example 1 2 3 4 5 6 end Mismatch in guidance time and competency level to teach information literacy Footnote / T&C: Minimum 7pt in Arial Regular 100% Black. HIGH COMPETENCY LOW COMPETENCY TIME for one-to- one Parents NO TIME for one-to-one Teachers
  5. 5. 5 Beware of the Tiger Mummy Carried to the extreme, many parents rob their children of the opportunity to become lifelong learners.
  6. 6. Defining the Role of Parents as Advocates of Information Literacy
  7. 7. 7 Parent as Helper-Guide Term borrowed from Eisenberg & Berkowitz from “Big6” • Provide assistance and advice when necessary •Not to lead or partner the child •Give the child space to develop his own solutions •Ask questions to help the child arrive at solutions Image courtesy of Susan Sermoneta via Flickr
  8. 8. 8 Unique Selling Point. School Projects. •Greater concern and awareness of weak judgment and over-reliance on the Internet •Change in emphasis on academic excellence based on memorization to critical thinking skills – fostered by project work
  9. 9. Implementing the Parents Information Literacy Programme
  10. 10. 10 S.U.R.E. Source. Understand. Evaluate. Research. Body copy minimum 12pt flush left 65% black. Other half of area can be occupied by image, charts, headline or information. Body copy can be placed anywhere within the slide space. However, as a rule of thumb, always keep the slide clean and simple as possible. • Ensure that headline message is clear. • Ensure that message is not blocked by the icons or clouds. • However, a clean and a clear slide frame is recommended. • Flush left for bullet point is recommended as flushing it right making the body copy looking awkward.
  11. 11. 11 Ace Your Project Work! A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child Excel at School Projects. Courseware development •Coverage based on Big6, with emphasis on evaluation techniques that is in-line with S.U.R.E. campaign messaging. •Emphasis on role of parents at every step •E.g. Task definition stage: suggest parent to ask the child to explain assignment in his own words; •E.g. Plan search strategies: suggest parent to explain each source’s relevancy and accompany the child to the library to consult with librarian.
  12. 12. 12 Ace Your Project Work! Parents’ Handbook. Content Overview Besides the Big6 and specific actions that parents can take at each step, we also introduce •Commonly-used databases for local history projects such as Infopedia, NewspaperSG, Ebooks, A2O. •Better search techniques with Boolean operators •Evaluating information using S.U.R.E. and AACCO •How to be responsible information users with citation techniques •Cyber wellness and what to do when children are bullied on cyber space
  13. 13. 13 Ace Your Project Work! Children’s Workbook. Content Overview As a companion to the Parents’ Handbook, the Children’s Workbook covers similar structure but with activities that get children to learn: •DDC, using library catalogue •Fiction, non-fiction, articles, books, databases •Simple Boolean commands •S.U.R.E. and AACCO on evaluating information •How to cite •Cyber wellness
  14. 14. 14 Outreach. Strategy. Three-pronged strategy: •Parents Support Groups in schools •In-house workshops & parenting talks •Partner Self-Help groups
  15. 15. 15 Outreach & Workshops Workshops & Outreaches People 20 workshops 784 attendees 7 outreaches 1,852 attendees
  16. 16. Challenges & What’s Next
  17. 17. 17 Challenges implementing programmes for parents. •Lack of support from schools •Parents want to leave the education to educators •Labour intensive
  18. 18. 18 What’s Next? DIY Learning. Towards a sustainable business model: •Parents’ Handbook and Children’s Workbook to be made available on our portal for downloads to encourage DIY learning •E-learning modules made free to encourage learning at own pace •Provide face-to-face workshops only when schools can commit audience of a viable size
  19. 19. 19 What’s Next? DIY Learning.
  20. 20. Thank You

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