Information skills and attitudes

Information skills fall into two groups:

  • skills concerned with locating information:
    • finding information in a variety of forms e.g. online, print, electronic, brochures, pictures, audio, maps
    • finding information from a variety of sources e.g. people, school library, public library, travel agent, home, DVDs
  • skills concerned with understanding and using information:
    • asking questions
    • selecting, evaluating and, if necessary, discarding information
    • combining information from different sources
    • presenting the most relevant information
    • presenting information according to the audience
    • gauging the success of the presentation.

Along with skill development the school fosters in students positive information attitudes and values. These include:

  • recognising that learning is lifelong
  • valuing competency in information skills as an instrument in learning
  • valuing creative and critical thinking in the information process
  • valuing truth and the discipline of scholarship
  • recognising that information is needed for personal, cultural, recreational and vocational purposes
  • recognising a personal need to become competent in the information process and to experiment with new techniques and skills as information technology and social institutions change
  • valuing personal performance as an information user with a repertoire of skills and developing independence.

To ensure that students grow in confidence and proficiency, the school and the community should value the information process as well as its product.

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