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Information literacy research project secures funding from Eduserv

The research project Information Literacy Skills - the link between secondary and tertiary education being undertaken by Glasgow Caledonian University has received funding from Eduserv to progress a particular strand of its work. The project is an innovative national pilot to develop an information literacy framework with secondary and tertiary partners which, at the end of the project, can be rolled out to other participants. It will aim to produce secondary school leavers with a skill set which further and higher education can recognise and develop or which can be applied to the world of work directly. Although initially concerned only with the secondary and tertiary sectors the Project has expanded to include the role of information in the workplace and continuing professional development. The Project has also developed an advocacy strand with a petition to the Scottish Parliament.

The funding will make it possible for Glasgow Caledonian University to develop an information literacy framework linking the secondary and tertiary sectors in co-operation with pre-identified secondary and tertiary partners and following discussions with SCQF (Scottish Credit Qualification Framework) the framework will be developed using SCQF aims, structure and key features.
The framework will map the existing learning that is taking place by allocating a notional level to learning outcomes and support a continuing learning process through identifying a learning pathway within the context of SCQF as part of an educational guidance or personal development planning process.

The target audience for the framework is library and information professionals working in learning and teaching environments / organisations and all relevant educational NGO?s in Scotland including Learning and Teaching Scotland, learndirect Scotland, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and the Scottish Qualifications Agency. The Project timescale is September / October 2006 to Spring 2007. A conference, reporting on the completed framework will be held in late Spring/early summer 2007 and the framework will be piloted with partners in 2007-2008.

Dr John Crawford who is directing the project said:

"In a knowledge economy information literacy is a key skill for the 21st century and Scotland is playing a key role in developing framework skills which can be applied not only in this country but elsewhere. Indeed the Project had attracted a lot of interest overseas".

For further information contact:

  • Dr. John Crawford, Library Research Officer, Glasgow Caledonian University, Room 302, (3rd floor) 6 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB
    Tel: 0141-273-1248
  • Christine Irving, Research Assistant / Project Officer, Glasgow Caledonian University, Room 305, (3rd floor) 6 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB
    Tel: 0141-273-1249

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