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Information literacy : education for the 21st century Donovan, Maria L.


The 21st century is an era characterized by rapid change. Technological advances, along with other factors, have contributed to the globalization of our society and our economy on an unprecedented scale. However, while our society is visibly changing, our classrooms,in many cases, do not appear to reflect these changes. This paper examines the increased need within our society for higher level thinking skills. The research reveals that a focus on information literacy could provide these foundational skills that are greatly needed to thrive in a constantly changing environment. This paper further examines the meaning of information literacy, its role in education and the terms associated with it, including information technology. Information literacy has evolved in order to meet the demands of an information abundant society and is being recognized as an education for the 21st century.

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