Confidence or competence?

auditing information literacy skills of biology undergraduate students

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    Abstract

    During first semester of 2002, Macquarie University Library and the Department of Biological Sciences conducted a self-assessment audit of biology undergraduate information literacy skills. A survey asking biology academic staff to identify what information literacy skills they expected students to have entering each year of study was also undertaken. The audit revealed that most first year students felt confident in their ability to find and use information resources and that confidence increased over the semester. Despite this confidence, testing at the end of semester demonstrated that the level of information skills of students still varied greatly. The results of the staff survey also highlighted that the type and level of information skills that students were expected to have varied considerably and often depended upon the specialised needs of unit content.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of EDUCAUSE in Australasia 03
    Subtitle of host publicationexpanding the learning community, meeting the challenges
    Place of PublicationAdelaide, South Aust.
    PublisherCausal Productions
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)1876346477
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    EventEDUCAUSE in Australasia 03 : expanding the learning community, meeting the challenges - Adelaide, South Aust.
    Duration: 6 May 20039 May 2003

    Conference

    ConferenceEDUCAUSE in Australasia 03 : expanding the learning community, meeting the challenges
    CityAdelaide, South Aust.
    Period6/05/039/05/03

    Keywords

    • biology undergraduates
    • information literacy

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