Understanding the changing nature of information literacy in Australian high school education

Kay Oddone (CI)
Kasey Garrison
Krystal Gagen-Spriggs

The purpose of this qualitative research project is to investigate the changing nature of information literacy by exploring the information literacy needs of students and teachers, as perceived by Teacher Librarians (TLs) across Australian high schools.

A central mandate of the teacher librarian is the development of information literate students who are able to locate and use information responsibly and ethically as learners and citizens (Australian Library and Information Association, 2016; International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, 2021). Therefore, it is vital that Teacher Librarians are supported in their endeavours to deliver high quality information literacy instruction, which reflects the changing nature of information and the information ecosystem. Despite research investigating information literacy teaching strategies and the information literacy needs of students in higher education, there has been no recent study which investigates how currently practicing Teacher Librarians in Australian high schools perceive the information literacy needs of teachers and students. This research will update understandings about information literacy teaching in Australian high schools. This will inform the education of future Teacher Librarians and will also improve the current practice of Teacher Librarians. The impact of this will be to meet demands for the development of these important 21st Century skills that are embodied within the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities (Department of Education and Training, 2018).

Contact: Dr Kay Oddone

Email: koddone@csu.edu.au