Information literacy proficiency: Assessing the gap in high school students' readiness for undergraduate academic work

Jorden K. Smith, Lisa Given, Heidi Julien, Dana Ouellette, Kathleen DeLong

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Abstract

This study examines how high school students' information literacy (IL) skills prepare them for academic work in the digital age. The project included: (a) an audit of university IL practices; and (b) the administration of the James Madison University (JMU) Information Literacy Test (ILT) to 103 twelfth grade students in Alberta, Canada. Due to the low stakes of the test, there was concern about the reliability of the results. Rapid guessing, response time effort, and motivation filters were applied to confirm the reliability of the results. Results indicate a gap between expectations of high school students and their skills. Using a standardized test, potential incoming undergraduate IL proficiency was identified, including student strengths and weaknesses. The audit identified IL policies and practices at the university, indicating discrepancies in the IL instruction students may receive. Findings indicate that students lack the IL proficiency required to succeed in the post-secondary educational environment, and the libraries are not prepared to effectively address this gap.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-96
Number of pages9
JournalLibrary & Information Science Research
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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