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Is Google Generation Information Literate? A Case Study

Zorana Ercegovac

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


This study is a part of a broader investigation that gauges level of information literacy (IL) among the learners of the “Google generation,” defined as persons who were born after 1993. Just because people can use the various Internet tools (e.g., social networking, web 2.0) does not mean they are sophisticated users. This paper reports findings obtained from middle school students (n=105) gathered through a self-administered paper-and-pencil pre-test questionnaire on some of the fundamental IL skills. As a result, a five 45-minute IL Program was designed for the students who participated in the pre-test. At a completion of the intervention program, students were asked to write an essay on what they considered the most relevant IL topics that every middle school student should master.

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