Enhancing information literacy of university students: Do male students benefit more than their female peers?

Lan YANG, Shen QIAO

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Abstract

Despite the importance of information literacy (IL) competence in shaping/determining university students’ success in this technology era, to foster university students IL competency through higher education remains a challenging goal for educators to achieve. This study was an exploratory intervention study in nature aiming to cultivate university students’ IL through a general education course in Hong Kong (N=40). A mixed research method was used. An innovative feature of this study was its development of a short scale (6 items) to assess students' IL competency enhancement as not only a product, but also a process. Male students achieved higher IL scores in both process and product domains of the IL competency scale, but not statistically significant. Qualitative data provided detailed information revealing these university students’ IL improvements. Implications are discussed in relation to challenges and chances of IL enhancement in higher education. Copyright © 2018 CESHK.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

Citation

Yang, L., & Qiao, S. (2018, March). Enhancing information literacy of university students: Do male students benefit more than their female peers? Paper presented at the CESHK 2018 Spring Annual Conference: Meaning and role of education amid global changes and local challenges, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

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