Exploring information literacy in secondary schools in Hong Kong: A case study

Jan van Aalst*, Fung Wai Hing, Li Siu May, Wong Pui Yan

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Current curriculum reforms in Hong Kong emphasize learning how to learn and project-based learning. The most recent reform introduces "Liberal Studies" as a mandatory school subject in senior secondary school. This article reports on an exploratory case study of the information searching process (ISP) among Form 6 (Grade 12) students in a Liberal Studies course. Researchers examined sources of information used by students, students' cognitive and emotional experience during the ISP, and communication within the collaborative groups. Findings indicated that Internet-based sources were predominant but that most students had difficulty completing the ISP. Work is needed to help students develop a theory of knowledge in which the meaning of information is contextual and the process of interpreting information requires effort. Such work is important if collaborative inquiry projects in Liberal Studies courses are to lead to deep learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-552
Number of pages20
JournalLibrary and Information Science Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


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