Developing information literacy with first year oral health students

Ford, P. J, Foxlee, N. and Green, W. (2009) Developing information literacy with first year oral health students. European Journal of Dental Education, 13 1: 46-51. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0579.2008.00536.x

Author Ford, P. J
Foxlee, N.
Green, W.
Title Developing information literacy with first year oral health students
Journal name European Journal of Dental Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1396-5883
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2008.00536.x
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 46
End page 51
Total pages 5
Editor Michael Manogue
Place of publication Oxford, UK; Copenhagen, DK
Publisher Blackwell Munksgaard
Language eng
Subject 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
920402 Dental Health
110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
In this time of rapid expansion of the scientific knowledge base, subject matter runs the risk of becoming outdated within a relatively short time. Instead of adding more content to already crowded curricula, the focus should be on equipping students to adapt to their changing world. The ability to access, evaluate and apply new knowledge for the benefit of patients has been acknowledged as an important goal for dental education. Information literacy is key to achieving this.

An information literacy programme for first year oral health students was instituted. This was integrated within a biosciences course and linked with its assessment. Small group instruction reinforced by the use of a tailored online Assignment Guide was used in the context of a specific task. Effectiveness was measured in terms of assessment outcome, processes used and student experience.

Twenty-seven students participated in the intervention which was effective in enhancing foundation literacy skills and confidence of students in accessing and evaluating information sources in the context of a clinical problem. Improvement in higher level literacy skills required to articulate this information in the synthesis of a scientific review was not demonstrated.

Integration of this information literacy programme within the learning activities and assessment of a basic sciences course resulted in significantly enhanced information literacy skills. As this is highly relevant for higher education students in general, the wider promotion of information literacy should be encouraged.
Keyword information literacy
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