Teaching the Literacy That Encompasses All Others

A basic life skill necessary for survival in the 21st century is managing information and developing information problem-solving strategies. Teaching students to find, manage, synthesize and use information to create new knowledge is an important mission for schools.

Complicating this need we have also witnessed an explosion of new literacies: media literacy, information literacy, visual literacy, digital literacy and numerical literacy just to name a few. Librarians claim information literacy as their own and have created standards for this literacy. Discipline-specific standards have also been developed. This video created by Mike Eisenberg, former Dean of the iSchool at the University of Washington discusses why information literacy embraces and subsumes many of the new literacies. He has personally developed a skills process model which originated in the late 1980’s: The Big6.


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