Integrating information skills into the curriculum
The responsibility for integrating information skills into the curriculum rests with the whole school. This responsibility is reinforced by executive supervision of classroom and specialist teachers who are facilitators of the process with students.
Students at any stage, from Kindergarten to Year 12, require opportunities to develop proficiency in using the information process. As students become more skilled in the steps of the process, they are able to complete increasingly sophisticated and difficult tasks. This also applies to the resources they are able to use.
To create a learning environment which fosters the development of information skills, schools should provide a program which allows for teacher and student flexibility in exploring curriculum tasks and problems. Such flexibility would allow:
- consideration of available resources
- inclusion of students’ existing knowledge
- provision for individual differences in skill development and learning styles when information skills are incorporated into student learning.