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Research,  December 04, 2006

New Study Shows Students Lack Tech Literacy

"A report released by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) finds that high school and college students do not have many basic information literacy skills, including the ability to solve information problems using technology. Researchers observed 6,300 students who were asked to perform a variety of information-related tasks, such as locate reliable information online, and communicate information effectively. Over half of participants were unable to evaluate the quality of a Web site, and students demonstrated especially poor skills in being able to narrow search engine results. Experts hope the study will raise awareness about the importance of young people's mastering these skills. Alexius Macklin, Associate Professor of Library Science at Purdue University, said, 'It's important to help our students better evaluate, manage and communicate information so that they can succeed in school, at work and in life.'"

URL: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/11/15/infolit
Source: The Children's Partnership's Newblast
Posted by tstreit on December 04, 2006 | Research
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