Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Computer Literacy Doesn't Mean Information Literacy, Report Says

There is an article up at the Chronicle of Higher Education titled Computer Literacy Doesn't Mean Information Literacy, Report Says. My thanks to Keith Tipton for the tip.

From the article:

The next generation of college students, more wired than any other, might not be as good at Internet research as you may think.

A new report from the Joint Information Systems Committee, a British higher-education research institute, says the “Google Generation” (those born after 1993, who can’t remember a time when the Internet wasn’t widely available) may be computer literate. But that doesn’t make them information literate. Some of the key problems the study found include:

- Young people don’t develop good search strategies to find quality information.

- They might find information on the Internet quickly, but they don’t know how to evaluate the quality of what they find.

- They don’t understand what the Internet really is: a vast network with many different content providers.

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