Building an information literate school community: approaches to inculcate information literacy in secondary school students

Abrizah Abdullah
2008, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. pp. 32 - 45


Purpose: This paper considers the concept of an information literate school community (ILSC) and approaches to information literacy instruction appropriate to secondary schools in Malaysia.

Methodology: The paper examines the literature to determine the conditions that need to be in place in order to create an ILSC, and benchmarks for determining how well a school is progressing towards an ILSC. Different approaches to IL education are outlined and a case study of project based learning in the history curriculum is highlighted.

Findings: The project based learning approach in the history curriculum for 13-15 year olds does not ensure good information literacy skills if library instruction is not embedded. A digital library of the students’ history projects is being developed to encourage improvements in students’ work.

Originality: This paper offers an insight into how Malaysian schools approach the task of developing student information literacy and their progress towards becoming ILSC.


Information literacy; Information Literate School Community; Information skills; Information literacy education; Resource-based learning; Project-based learning; Personalized Coaching

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