2017, here we come!
The Massey University led team here at Information Literacy Spaces were thrilled and excited to receive confirmation, as 2016 came to a close that our Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) funding application was successful! The perfect Christmas present!
The TLRI is a government fund for collaborative research about teaching and learning in the early childhood, school and tertiary sectors. It aims to build research capability and to make a difference to teaching and learning in New Zealand and has been funding projects since 2003.
The funding grant, which has been approved for the maximum three-year period will enable our cross-sector project team, a mix of researchers, librarians, and teachers, to work towards improving students’ information literacy competencies and learning within courses and subjects in schools and tertiary institutions. We will be using a participatory action research and mixed methods approach (we will write another blog post soon about what this means), with a strong focus on building and strengthening collaborations to achieve this.
Over the coming weeks and months, here on our Information Literacy Spaces website, we will:
- introduce you to our team members
- share our progression and development
- discuss the wide-ranging implications of information literacy strategies in education
- explain more about how we are approaching this project (our methods of conducting research in the IL space)
- invite all other passionate educators to discuss their thoughts and ideas with us
Each member of our team brings a unique perspective to the concept of information literacy, so this will also be a place where we will explore and reflect on how it impacts all areas of not just education but everyday life in our country.
In the meantime, you can whet your appetite by reading the Massey University piece on our project from the perspective of information literacy as a human right.
We hope you are as excited by the potential outcomes of this project as we are, and invite you to join us on our journey, participating in the discussions around information literacy in our learning institutions. So to make sure you don’t miss an update, take a moment to follow this blog, join us on Twitter (and soon on Facebook) or get in touch, as we want this space to be a conduit for ideas and conversations around the what, how and why of information literacy skills here in New Zealand.