Assessing students’ information literacy skills in two secondary schools in Singapore

Yun-ke Chang, Xue Zhang, Intan Azura Mokhtar, Schubert Foo, Shaheen Majid, Brendan Luyt, Yin-leng Theng
2012, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 19-34

Abstract


Appropriately measuring information literacy skills is essential to understand their educational impact as well as exploring pedagogies to improve teaching of these skills. This paper reports findings of a baseline study to understand the information literacy level of secondary school students in Singapore. A comprehensive instrument encompassing a new dimension of ethical usage of information as well as major IL principles and guidelines was developed for data collection. A total of 298 responses were gathered through the online survey. The findings indicate that overall there was a scope to improve students’ IL skills. That stated, higher order IL skills (such as information use, synthesis, and evaluation) demand more attention, as comparatively lower levels of proficiency were observed in this study.

 


Keywords


information literacy; big 6; secondary schools; students; Singapore

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