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A vertically integrated, embedded curriculum enhances the information literacy skills of science undergraduates

Jones, SM, Evans, CE and Magierowski, RH 2007 , 'A vertically integrated, embedded curriculum enhances the information literacy skills of science undergraduates', paper presented at the Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship, Proceedings of the30th HERDSA Annual Conference, 8-11 July 2007, Adelaide, Australia.

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Information literacy is often cited as a key graduate attribute. The literature strongly suggests that embedding information literacy into the curriculum is the most effective means of supporting student learning. Within this framework, academics and librarians must share responsibility for teaching information literacy. The School of Zoology has worked in partnership with the Science Library to devise an embedded, vertically integrated Information Literacy curriculum. We used a longitudinal survey to assess the development of information literacy skills by a cohort of Zoology students exposed to overt teaching and assessment of information literacy through the three years of their undergraduate degree. The survey instruments were designed to assess students'skills and attitudes against the Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework (ANZIL) Framework standards. Our results show that, in general, our students' skills did increase significantly from year 1 to year 2, with a trend for a further increase from year 2 to year 3, although that increase was not significant. These results demonstrate that embedding information literacy within the science curriculum is an effective strategy for improving the generic skills of science graduates, and preparing them as life-long learners.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Jones, SM and Evans, CE and Magierowski, RH
Keywords: graduate attributes, information literacy, longitudinal survey
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