In the article below, the case is made that many of today’s students are tech-savvy and research-stupid. Faculty assume that because students know how to use technology that they also know how to make good judgments,
evaluate sources, acquire information on-line as well as from the library, etc. Indeed, many college students don’t know how to use the library.
The bigger issue here goes beyond research skills to the general ability to have solid critical and creative thinking skills. If high schools begin to work with their freshmen on these skills they will not only have better research abilities, they will also make more informed life decisions, be able
to weigh pros and cons in decisions they make and be much more mature in their overall outlook on college, career and life. If these skills are developed, they will be better students, get better jobs and lead better lives.
LifeBound is publishing Critical and Creative Thinking for Teenagers next month.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Just because your students are computer-literate doesn’t mean they are research-literate.
By TODD GILMAN
As an academic librarian, I hear an awful lot of hype about using technology to enhance instruction in colleges and universities. While the very word “technology” — not to mention the jargon that crops up around it, like “interactive whiteboards” and “smart classrooms” — sounds exciting and impressive, what it boils down to is really just a set of tools. They’re useful tools, but they don’t offer content beyond what the users put into them
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