What Should Education Majors Know?
The Education Department advocates a more systematic process for providing students with knowledge necessary to negotiate the information resources available at Smith and on-line; to provide education majors with the skills to undertake research, to incorporate life long learning into their experience and to maintain the research skills they will need as teachers themselves.
Students who have taken writing intensive classes should already have learned the following skills:
These skills may be regarded by all students as a base for further study. Help is available through the Neilson Library Reference Department's Ask a Librarian options.
In Which Classes Should Students Learn These Skills?
The Education Department proposes to incorpoate information literacy into five courses:
Information literacy skills in 100-200 courses include understanding the differences betweem Internet resources and Smith Libraries' resources, research strategies, and proper citing and documentation of sources. In addition, EDC 340 is a writing intensive course in which undergraduates undertake a major research project.
EDC 552 addresses the information literacy needs of graduate education students undertaking a thesis project.
In What Ways Will Student Skills be Assessed?
Students completing work on a paper at the 100-200 level may submit a bibliography in which primary and secondary sources listed reflect the use of the online catalog, at least some scholarly journals through the use of ERIC, and approprate and relevant sources on the Internet.
Students in all courses should be able to identify scholarly journal articles as well as to understand the difference between ERIC journals and ERIC documents. Emphasis is also placed on the interdisciplinary nature of education and on resources in additional subject disciplines, such as philosophy, government, psychology, and sociology.
Students who will become teachers need to be able to access and evaluate resources on the Internet,such as syllabi, lesson plans and curricular guides, from authoritative sites.
The information literacy program in education seeks to ensure that new teachers will be knowledgeable and skilled in understanding information literacy comptencies and integrating information literacy into their own instruction.
An 'ethical use of information' means to make a clear distinction between received knowledge and the production of new knowledge. The incorporation of the work of others into his or her own must comply with such distinction. Therefore, every written and/or oral work in the discipline must clearly state its sources, if it has any.
March 28 , 2006