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Caribbean Journal of Education

The Significance of Information Literacy Instruction for Teachers in Training at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, Jamaica

Publication Date: 
May 2022

This paper employs a quasi-experimental approach to explore the impact of Information Literacy Instruction (ILI) on year one teachers in training at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Western Jamaica. It examines how ILI aids in the development of information literate (IL) student teachers. The research is guided by the Big6 Skills developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz. The pre-test results show a general deficiency in IL skills, while the results of the post-test suggest that after a period of ILI, the IL competencies of the student teachers improved—especially in terms of their research skills and information seeking and evaluation abilities. This emphasizes the importance of ILI in the academic environment. 
A notable recommendation is that ILI for tertiary level students be taught by ILI trained and competent instructors. This research will add to the growing body of literature addressing the relevance of ILI in teacher training institutions, especially in the Caribbean region. 

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