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Teaching Information Literacy in Higher Education by Mark Stenersen, Helene N. Andreassen, Mariann Solberg, Torstein Lag, Mariann Lokse

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Chapter One

The Importance of Being Information Literate

Abstract

This opening chapter serves as an introduction to the topic of information literacy (IL) and the role of IL in both academia and in society in general. We delineate our purpose with the book, which is to broaden our concept of what IL is and why including learning strategies and academic formation in the IL definition can increase student learning. The chapter furthermore briefly looks at challenges connected to dropout rates in higher education and how IL teaching can ease the transition from secondary to tertiary education. Even though the book primarily focuses on IL in an academic setting, we also believe that IL plays a major role in lifelong learning and that IL skills are ...

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