Mapping the landscape of students' learning information skills and constructing knowledge in Malaysian higher education

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Abstract

The Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF) identifies abilities to search, evaluate, organize, analyze, synthesize, use, and communicate information; known as information skills, as series desirable learning outcomes for Malaysian higher education students. Although the framework further implicates teachers in higher education institutions to integrate information skills across classroom teaching and learning, the phenomenon of student's learning information skills, particularly in Malaysia, is rarely examined from the teachers' perspectives. This study explored students' learning information skills from the emic perspective of university teachers. Using a qualitative inquiry, this study observed five classes of information skills in one university as well as interviewed five teachers who engaged their students in the classes. The study found teachers perceived the phenomenon as students participating in multi-dimensional and multi-layer of information practices that act as a pathway for the students to systematically and transparently construct their own understanding. The teachers further viewed there were several pillars that enabled students to participate in the practices. Following the perception, the teachers further employed various instructional approaches to engage students in the pillars of the information practices. The study also found underpinning the perception was teachers' beliefs about ways of knowing which were characterized by source of knowledge and justification for knowing. The findings are useful to assist teachers, librarians, administrators, and others members of communities in Malaysian higher education to engage in collaborative efforts, necessary to transform students into efficient information communication and technology users, and knowledge and innovation creators as required by the MQF.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Education and Educational Technologies - Proceedings
Pages126-131
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event9th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU'10 - Iwate
Duration: 4 Oct 20106 Oct 2010

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Other9th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU'10
CityIwate
Period4/10/106/10/10

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Keywords

  • Information practices
  • Information skills
  • Instructional approaches
  • Knowledge construction
  • Symbolic interactionism

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  • Education

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Mapping the landscape of students' learning information skills and constructing knowledge in Malaysian higher education. / Abdul Karim, Aidah; Din, Rosseni; Abd Razak, Norizan; Abdullah, Mohd. Yusof; Hussin, Supyan.

International Conference on Education and Educational Technologies - Proceedings. 2010. p. 126-131.

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Abdul Karim, A, Din, R, Abd Razak, N, Abdullah, MY & Hussin, S 2010, Mapping the landscape of students' learning information skills and constructing knowledge in Malaysian higher education. in International Conference on Education and Educational Technologies - Proceedings. pp. 126-131, 9th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU'10, Iwate, 4/10/10.
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