Developing an Information Literacy Course for Teacher Education Students in Greece

By Evangelia Bougatzeli, Aspasia Togia and Efi Papadimitriou.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Information literacy (IL) , which can be defined as the ability to identify an information need and to be able to locate, evaluate and effectively use information to meet this need, has been recognized as a critical component of 21st century education. Although IL skills are essential for all students, they are even more important for teacher education students. Teachers cannot facilitate their students to understand and fully exploit information sources for their own learning outcomes, unless they are information literate themselves. However, IL classes for undergraduate education students have not begun to appear in significant numbers in Greece, even though lack of information literacy skills and knowledge has been reported both formally and informally.
The Department of Primary Education of the Faculty of Education (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) aimed to fill this gap by integrating into its curriculum a compulsory project-based IL course for all first year students, since academic year 2010-11. The course was designed in view of both the relevant literature and the reality of Greek universities. The paper attempts to place the course into its academic context. It then presents the content of the course, and how it was designed and implemented. It discusses students’ anonymous written feedback and tutor’s field notes and observations, which reveal course’s pitfalls and strengths according to its objectives and methods. It finally includes suggestions for future improvements and more general recommendations concerning the integration of IL into teacher education settings.

Keywords: Information Literacy, Initial teacher Training, Case Study

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 21, Issue 2, February 2015, pp.17-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 375.407KB)).

Evangelia Bougatzeli

Laboratory Teaching Staff, Department of Primary Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

I work as a Laboratory Teaching Staff of the Primary Education Dept., Faculty of Education, Aristotle University, Greece. I am also a PhD student of the same Department. I have the main responsibility of the organisation and implementation of the IL course of the Department and I also work in the Faculty of Education Library, mainly as reference and user services librarian. I hold an MA degree in Library and Information Studies (Robert Gordon University, Scotland, UK) and a Bachelor's Degree in History and Archaeology from the Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University, Greece. I have also taught courses for 3 years in the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Dept. of Library and Information Studies. My research interests are information literacy, web literacy in tertiary and primary education, multiliteracies practices.

Dr Aspasia Togia

Lecturer, Department of Library and Infomation Studies,Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Efi Papadimitriou

Assistant Professor, Primary Education Department, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece