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The Value of Collaboration: Raising Confidence and Skills in Information Literacy With First Year Initial Teacher Education Students.

Purcell, Sarah and Barrell, Rachel (2014) The Value of Collaboration: Raising Confidence and Skills in Information Literacy With First Year Initial Teacher Education Students. Journal of Information Literacy, 8 (2). pp. 56-70. ISSN 1750-5968

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This paper will focus on the increasing staff-student-librarian collaboration, and integration of information literacy (IL) teaching, within a Primary Initial Teacher Education undergraduate course. These developments arose from an action research project which started during the academic year 2010-11. The aim of the research was to evaluate the impact of the IL teaching upon students’ confidence in their abilities to find, select and use information. Results of the first research cycle (2010-11) indicated that overall, the teaching had a positive and desirable impact upon students' confidence. However, staff and student feedback suggested that mutual expectations, and the consistency and timing of support, were important factors in the development of students' IL skills. During the analysis of our initial findings, we will focus our discussion around two identified themes which relate to these issues – role and collaboration – and share our experiences from the second and third cycles of the research, which led to a transformation of IL teaching for our students in 2013-14. This paper charts our four-year journey, sharing the ideas and opportunities realised through the project and through increased collaboration as a teaching team and with our students.
This paper is based on a presentation given at LILAC 2014.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: information literacy, academic skills, collaboration, sustainability, education, transition, higher education, action research, library, UK
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Divisions: Central Services > Library Services
College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Copyright Info: Open Access journal
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:05
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:05

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