Information Literacy: Strategies for Lifelong Learning in the Face of Change
Considered a survival skill for adults in our complex knowledge economy, information literacy refers to an approach and process as well as a set of searching skills that have broader impact than learning how to use a library or a computer. It is defined here as an application of critical thinking skills and reflective practice. This paper describes an innovative approach used to equip adults with broad based information literacy skills that withstands changes in technology. This question-asking model is based on adult learning theory and such androgogical principles as prior experience, learner readiness and self-concept. Results and implications of the application of this model in a graduate school curriculum are discussed.
Keywords: Information Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Critical Thinking, Change, Adult Learning, Androgogy
Dr Barbara Heuer
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University