A college curriculum for information literacy

Eileen M. Trauth

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Educators are currently being challenged to develop curricula which will prepare students for life in an information-based society. Given the computer literacy efforts at the elementary and secondary levels, a college-level curriculum should build upon those skills by focusing on information literacy. Information literacy is the ability to acquire, process, use and communicate the information which is needed in one's personal and work life, regardless of the technology involved. There are three components of this information literacy curriculum. The Information Environment provides the motivation for understanding about technology and its uses. The Components of an Information System considers the acquisition and proper use of computer-based tools. Information Management is concerned with ensuring that relevant information is available, accurate and in a useful format. The intended students for this course are the end users, the non-computer science majors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-258
Number of pages8
JournalEducation and Computing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986


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