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Teaching the Information Process

Posted by sarahelliott on May 25, 2009

I have just read Joy McGregor’s article “Teaching the Information Process: Helping Students Become Lifelong Learners” and once again, I feel that she has hit me right in my Zone of Proximal Development! I’m not sure what it is about her articles, but they just seem to make simple sense to me! Anyhow, I really enjoyed reading this article, as I felt that it didn’t just tell me the usual information that I must have read multiple times now – that is that we are living in the information age, students are confronted by countless data, they need the skills to deal with all that information (which of course is totally valid and true and I admit I did state all of the above in my previous assignment…). But, what I liked about McGregor’s article is that she gets right to the simple essence of the problem, yes the above is the case, but what is really worrying is when the parties involved just assume that students already know about the information process, what it is and how to apply it. One of the most important messages that I got out of the article is that we mustn’t assume that students already know what to do.  We must remember that ‘they need guidance to make the (research) experience enjoyable, engaging, enriching and meaningful’ (p. 7) It is important for us all to remember that the research process is complex and we should work together to help students feel comfortable with it.

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