Self-Perception of Digital Information literacy skills among first year students

ID: 51817 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Efrat Pieterse and Zehava Santo, Western Galilee College, Israel
  2. Riki Greeberg, Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Thursday, March 29 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Location: Wright View on map

Presider: Shelby Ware, LeTourneau University (work); University of North Texas (student), United States

Abstract: Information literacy is an essential proficiency to succeed in academic studies, whilst many first year students find it hard to develop academic information literacy for their studies The study reports findings from an academic college first year students' evaluation of their information skills according to Shapiro & Hughes (1996) and Ng (2012) information literacy models. Multicultural and multilingual students characterize the population of the study and as such, they present some interesting insights on the differences between demographic groups The students ranked their technological skills and their information search skills as average The study found that in the beginning of their studies, Hebrew-speaking students prefers digital sources and Arabic speaking students prefer print sources The study also supports previous studies in the subject about Arabic speaking students need for more mediation in information literacy characteristics, than Hebrew speaking students

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