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Developing information literacy with first year oral health students


Ford, PJ and Foxlee, N and Green, WJ, Developing information literacy with first year oral health students, European Journal of Dental Health, 13, (1) pp. 46-51. ISSN 1396-5883 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1600-0579.2008.00536.x


Context:  In this time of rapid expansion of the scientific knowledge base, subject matter runs the risk of becoming outdated within a relatively short time. Instead of adding more content to already crowded curricula, the focus should be on equipping students to adapt to their changing world. The ability to access, evaluate and apply new knowledge for the benefit of patients has been acknowledged as an important goal for dental education. Information literacy is key to achieving this.

Methods:  An information literacy programme for first year oral health students was instituted. This was integrated within a biosciences course and linked with its assessment. Small group instruction reinforced by the use of a tailored online Assignment Guide was used in the context of a specific task. Effectiveness was measured in terms of assessment outcome, processes used and student experience.

Results:  Twenty-seven students participated in the intervention which was effective in enhancing foundation literacy skills and confidence of students in accessing and evaluating information sources in the context of a clinical problem. Improvement in higher level literacy skills required to articulate this information in the synthesis of a scientific review was not demonstrated.

Conclusions:  Integration of this information literacy programme within the learning activities and assessment of a basic sciences course resulted in significantly enhanced information literacy skills. As this is highly relevant for higher education students in general, the wider promotion of information literacy should be encouraged.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:information literacy; health students; embedded approach; assessment
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Green, WJ (Dr Wendy Green)
ID Code:122051
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2017-10-27
Last Modified:2018-05-08

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