Information Literacy: Strategies for Lifelong Learning in the Face of Change

Dr Barbara Heuer
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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
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Information Literacy

Dr Barbara Heuer

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University

Barbara Heuer has been teaching in the Adult Education field for 7 years. Her research interests are information literacy and adult development. She has experience as a university librarian, director of a non-profit, and research consultant. She received her Ed.D. from the University of Georgia, U.S.A. and holds an M.L.S. from Rutgers University.

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