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.