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    • Curriculum Alignment Project
    • INFORMATION LITERACY SURVEY
  • Information literacy survey Team members.. Dr Helen Anderson , National Curriculum Alignment Projects Manager, Manukau Institute of Technology Dale Bennett: CAP Manager Otago/ Otago Polytechnic Maurie Jackways , Principal, Mount Aspiring College Philip van Zijl , Library Manager, Bill Robertson Library Emma Bennett : Organisation Research Officer, Otago Polytechnic Vicki Darling: Senior Librarian, Bill Robertson Library Glynis Shields: Centre Manager National Library Dunedin.
  • “ Information Literacy” definition for this project…
    • Information Literacy is the ability to identify, use, acknowledge and evaluate information for problem solving and decision making.
  • CAP Information Literacy Project Timeframe
    • July 2005, January 2006
    • Photo: students in Otago University Info Centre..
  • CAP Information Literacy Project Aims
    • To raise awareness in Otago Secondary Schools and Otago Polytechnic of the standards of Information literacy skills needed by students to complete their studies across all levels and in all areas of study.
    • To assist in aligning the Information Literacy skills of students leaving secondary schools in the catchment area with what are required for successful tertiary study.
  • CAP Information Literacy Project Expected outcomes
    • To report to stakeholders…
    • To produce ‘a resource’ to help future students make a more successful transition…
  • And the Survey itself…. Information Literacy Survey:
    • Purpose of survey:
      • To examine the perceived Information Literacy “confidence” and actual “competence” of first year - first year out of school - Otago Polytechnic students
      • 3 interconnected surveys:
        • Years 12/13 teachers: “expected competence”
        • 1st year Polytechnic lecturers: “expected competence”
        • Students themselves: “confidence” & “actual competence”
  • “ Information literacy” Survey Unique aspects..
    • 48 secondary schools
    • 142 1 st year students
    • Survey questions origins
    • Confidence questions
    • Competence questions:
      • Dianne Quirion/ Dianne Mittermeyer 2003 competence survey
  • Responses
    • 487 responses
    • - 304 from teachers
  • Information Literacy skills assessed. Complete assignments to the overall communicated standard Not surveyed Presenting Evaluating Acknowledge sources used correctly Acknowledging Approp use Select and use information appropriately to answer assigned questions Using Selecting Evaluating Info Use key terms and concepts to search for relevant information Finding Searching Identify key terms and concepts for an assigned topic Deciding Understanding Explanation Info Lit skills
  • % Expectations of ‘Independent” student Info lit confidence/ competence. Deciding Understanding Not surveyed Not surveyed Not surveyed Not surveyed Not surveyed Presenting Evaluating Acknow/ Approp. Use Using Selecting Evaluating Finding/ Searching 43 87.9 58.8 59.3 45.7 Deciding Understanding Students’ own Competence Students’ own Confidence Polytechnic 1 st year Students Teachers Year 13 Students Teachers Year 12 Students
  • Expectations of “Independent” student Info lit confidence/ competence. Finding/ Searching Not surveyed Not surveyed Not surveyed Not surveyed Not surveyed Presenting Evaluating Acknow/Approp. Use Using Selecting Evaluating 29.8 78.5 39 65.6 45.2 Finding/ Searching 43 87.9 58.8 59.3 45.7 Deciding Understanding Students’ own Competence Students’ own Confidence Polytechnic 1 st year Students Teachers Year 13 Students Teachers Year 12 Students
  • Expectations of “Independent” student Info lit confidence/ competence Using/ Selecting/ Evaluating Not surveyed Not surveyed Not surveyed Not surveyed Not surveyed Presenting Evaluating Acknow/ Approp. Use 33.6 81.5 41.5 62.6 40.7 Using Selecting Evaluating 29.8 78.5 39 65.6 45.2 Finding/ Searching 43 87.9 58.8 59.3 45.7 Deciding Understanding Students’ own Competence Students’ own Confidence Polytech-nic 1 st year Students Teachers Year 13 Students Teachers Year 12 Students
  • Expectations of “Independent” student Info lit confidence/ competence Acknowledging/ Appropriate use . NS NS NS NS Not surveyed Presenting Evaluating 37.4 82.5 34.1 53.4 28.8 Acknow/ Approp. Use 33.6 81.5 41.5 62.6 40.7 Using Selecting Evaluating 29.8 78.5 39 65.6 45.2 Finding/ Searching 43 87.9 58.8 59.3 45.7 Deciding/ Understanding Students’ own Competence Students’ own Confidence Polytechnic 1 st year Students Teachers Year 13 Students Teachers Year 12 Students
  • Some possible conclusions..?
    • Teachers are more confident of students independent Information literacy competence skills in their first year of Polytechnic study than their Lecturers
    • Students are far more ‘confident ’ than ‘competent’ in their own information literacy skills in their first year of study at Otago Polytechnic
    • Students confidence in their information literacy skills are higher than their teachers expectations of their competence – which are still inflated…
    • Difficulties in teaching Information literacy skills may be related to the students inflated confidence in their existing skills.
    • Difficulties in encouraging teachers to consider Information Literacy could relate to their confidence that students will be OK in this area…
  • Where next?
    • Publication of survey in education and library contexts e.g. SET
    • Publicity e.g. Principals groups
    • A resource?
    • Local “good practice” initiatives….
    • Repeat survey in Australia?
  • Secondary DCE students Students’ Confidence vs. Ability with Information Literacy Skills 25.3% Reading citations Q19 99.0% 87.6% Ethical use of information Q18 Acknowledging / Appropriate Use 34.3% Evaluating information (Internet) Q20 90.0% 94.8% Scholarly journals Q16 Using / Selecting / Evaluating Information 39.4% Library catalogues Q21 57.7% Boolean operator ‘OR’ Q14 54.5% Boolean operator ‘AND’ Q13 21.4% Controlled vocabulary Q12 50.0% Scholarly journals Q11 68.7% Search indexes Q10 36.8% Library catalogues Q9 66.7% Databases Q8 95.0% Search engines Q7 41.7% Encyclopaedias Q6 91.0% 98.0% Periodicals Q5 Finding / Searching 73.7% Significant words Q3 97.0% 41.0% Significant words Q2 Deciding / Understanding Confidence of Students* % Correct Answers Variable Questions Theme
    • If you would like a copy of the complete survey or more information:
    • Email Glynis Shields at
    • [email_address]
    • or
    • [email_address]