EMPATIC Recommendations - General (final)

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EMPATIC: Information Literacy in the four learning sectors (school, higher education, vocational education and training, and adult/lifelong learning)

Non-sector specific recommendations to Policy Makers made by the final conference participants

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EMPATIC Recommendations - General (final)

  1. 1. Empowering Autonomous Learning through Information Competencies   Information  Literacy  in  the  four  learning  sectors    (school,  higher  education,  vocational  education  and  training,     and  adult/lifelong  learning)     Non-­‐sector  specific  recommendations  to  Policy  Makers     made  by  final  conference  participants   EMPATIC   hosted   two   events   for   policy   makers   and   representatives   of   education,   national   and   international  institutions  to  verify  findings  and  recommendations.    The  first,  the  Department  of   Educational   Studies   of   Ghent   University   in   cooperation   with   the   EMPATIC   and   EMSOC   teams   organized   the   International   Conference   “Literacy   and   Society,   Culture,   Media,   &   Education”   (http://www.literacyconference2012.ugent.be/),   held   9   -­‐   11   February   2012   in   Ghent,   Belgium.       The   second,   that   of   the   Final   Conference   was   held  in   conjunction   with   EMMILE   (the   European   Meeting  on  Media  and  Information  Literacy),  Milan  27  -­‐  29  February  2012.   As   a   result   the   following   general   recommendations   of   both   strategic   and   tactical   nature   have   been  formulated:     1. Information   Literacy   is   vital   for   the   today’s   society   in   Europe   and   as   such   should   be   developed  and  promoted  in  different  contexts  and  by  various  means.     2. The   importance   of   Information   Literacy   needs   to   be   publicized   not   only   to   governments,   ministries   and   policy   makers   at   national   and   EU   levels   but   also   to   local   authorities,   businesses,  small  social  groups  and  all  citizens.     3. The  strategy  of  IL  development  should  encompass  two  main  lines  of  action:     a. IL   awareness   building   among   authorities   and   governments   at   national   and   European   levels     b. Substantial,  real  work,  “step  by  step”,  “project  by  project”  on  the  local  level  by  individual   schools,  universities,  libraries,  etc.     4. Most   participants   expressed   the   feeling   that   “slow”   strategy,   based   on   “small   projects”   addressed  to  different  target  groups,  communities,  professions,  etc.  would  be  more  effective   than  having  a  central  EU  body  responsible  for  the  IL  development  or  the  formal  European  IL   policy   directives.   Thus,   the   “IL   awareness   building”   and   “central   goals”   approach   clearly   prevailed   over   the   “central   steering”   one.     Also,   having   clearly   stated   Information   Literacy   goals   (national,   European)   may   help   to   convince/influence   local   authorities   to   support   IL   development  programmes.     5. “Incentives   work   better   than   orders”,   meaning   that   IL   development   policy   based   on   incentives   for   those   who   introduce   IL   (teachers,   librarians,   businesses,   local   authorities)   would  be  an  effective  strategy.     6. EMPATIC  had  started  a  process  for  the  identification  of  past  experience  and  development  of   case   studies   of   good   practice   through   EC-­‐funded   programmes.   However,   this   approach   should  be  extended  to  all  known  IL  and  Information  Competencies  projects.  This  is  important   for  policy  makers.         The  main  purpose  of  the  EMPATIC  recommendations  is  to  stimulate  action   www.empat-ic.eu Project funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme

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