Communications in Information Literacy, Vol 9, No 2 (2015)

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Evaluating a Pre-session Exercise in a Standalone Information Literacy Class

Joseph E. Goetz, Catherine R. Barber


In this study, researchers evaluate a homework exercise assigned before a standalone information literacy session. Students in a Master of Education program completed a worksheet using the ERIC database thesaurus. The researchers conducted pre- and posttests within a single library session to assess student learning, using a control group for comparison. The treatment group did not demonstrate better thesaurus skills than students who had regular library instruction alone, but results pointed the way to targeted improvements of pre-session learning materials. This approach could inform other information literacy homework applications such as flipping the classroom.

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