Developing Student Information Literacy Skills to Support Project and Problem-based learning
Fallon, Helen and Breen, Ellen (2005) Developing Student Information Literacy Skills to Support Project and Problem-based learning. In: Handbook of Enquiry and Problem-based Learning. CELT, NUI Galway, pp. 179-188.
This chapter highlights the importance of information literacy to the successful implementation of project and Problem-based Learning. Students today are faced with a multiplicity of information resources and are continuously challenged in their efforts to effectively identify and access quality information in support of their studies. Too much information - "information overload" or "information anxiety" can present a significant challenge for students. Librarians, working together with their academic colleagues, play a key role in helping students develop the necessary skills to navigate an increasingly complex and diverse information environment. This involves creating the appropriate learning opportunities and contexts in which students can develop skills that allow them to effectively find, evaluate and use information. This chapter stresses the importance of information literacy and encourages academics to integrate information literacy skills into problem and project-based learning curricula.
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