Author Affiliation, Ana.
Explicit Goals, Implicit Outcomes: Information Literacy Education in Developing University Graduate Attributes
The UWI Quality Education Forum
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This paper documents the important role of Information literacy education in developing students' graduate attributes by highlighting explicit teaching goals of information literacy programmes of select academic institutions and concurrent realization of these goals as demonstrated in learning outcomes of online resources developed by these institutions. The paper draws on select findings from an extensive in-depth study by the author, which investigated the practice of information literacy in academic libraries in the USA. The research employed a rigorous qualitative (constant) comparative analysis of concepts as expressed in 60 official mission documents and 150 exemplar online tutorials of best practice information literacy programmes of 11 academic libraries, as well as transcripts from in-depth interviews with key information literacy educators. The findings revealed the practice of information literacy as multidimensional, complex and contradictory with implications for practice in areas of pedagogy and instruction design towards consistency and congruence.....