Why Are Research and Information Fluency Skills Important?
We live in an information rich society. Information doubles every 5.5 year, technical information doubles every two years, and the quantity of electronic information doubles every hour.
- (Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2007)
In research conducted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Oregon professor David T. Conley finds that “habits of mind” such as analysis, interpretation, precision and accuracy, problem-solving, and reasoning” can be as or more important than content knowledge in determining success in college courses.
- (Conley, 2008)
The ability to acquire and handle information is at the core of lifelong learning. But if students lack the information literacy to find and apply the right information for the right purpose while evaluating it effectively, how can we possible foster lifelong learning?
- (Badke, 2008)