Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Information Literacy in Vocational Education: A Course Model

The June 2007 issue of Chinese Librarianship: an International Electronic Journal has Information Literacy in Vocational Education: A Course Model. It is by Ying Xing, Haipeng Li, and Michael B. Huang.

From the abstract:

Vocational education has undergone major changes in recent years. The need for incorporating information literacy into the vocational school curriculum exists, given the nature of the mission of this particular type of educational institutions. Over the past decade or so, vocational education has shifted its focus from preparing students for occupations that required less than a baccalaureate degree toward a broader preparation that develops the academic, vocational, and technical skills of students for more competitive careers or advanced degrees. This shift has broadened the purpose for vocational education, demanding more attention to issues and skills related to information literacy. This article introduces a course model of teaching information literacy skills at one vocational school, the Katharine Gibbs School in Melville, New York. It describes the guidelines in place for incorporating information literacy into the curriculum and its implementation, including the course design and the evaluation process.

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