TITLE

Enhancing Preservice Elementary Teachers' 21st-Century Information and Media Literacy Skills

AUTHOR(S)
Fry, Sara; Seely, Sara
PUB. DATE
June 2011
SOURCE
Action in Teacher Education;Summer2011, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p206
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This two-semester pedagogical study investigated the effectiveness of an approach to information and media literacy instruction for elementary preservice teachers. Participants were trained in and then used a systematic process of searching for, evaluating, and using journal articles and Websites. Two-thirds of the Semester 1 participants were unsuccessful identifying relevant, high-quality journal articles and one half inaccurately evaluated the quality of Websites. After three opportunities for formative assessment were added to the instruction model in Semester 2, participants proficiently evaluated Websites and three-fourths were able to find relevant journal articles. The results demonstrate the importance of formative assessment and the need to provide preservice teachers with information and media literacy training so they are better able to navigate and evaluate digital-age resources to expand their content mastery and teach their students 21 st-century skills.
ACCESSION #
61905949

 

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