Title

Redefining Information Literacy to Prepare Students for the 21st Century Workforce

Department

English

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Innovative Higher Education

Publication Date

2014-02-01

Volume

39

Issue

1

First Page

59

Last Page

73

Abstract

Information literacy instruction-a set of skills taught in order to identify and find the information needed to solve a problem-traditionally follows a formalized academic model. It assumes information skills can be applied universally and learned individually. However, this approach does not correspond to the social and specialized learning practices in the workforce. This article presents an argument for faculty and librarians to collaborate and redefine information literacy guidelines using specific disciplinary requirements while incorporating non-formal and informal workplace learning practices. This approach would better prepare students for the social and collaborative learning required in a 21st century workforce environment. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Keywords

Formal learning, Informal learning, Information literacy, Inquiry-guided learning, Non-formal learning

DOI

10.1007/s10755-013-9260-5

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10755-013-9260-5

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