Are students’ information literacy skills up to par?

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Eighth-graders in the United States scored above the international average in computer and information literacy, according to an international study, but they also struggle to acquire some key employability skills in the 21st century.

the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) measures the ability of eighth graders to use computers to inquire, create, participate and communicate at home, school, their future workplace and in their communities. The 2018 study results were released in the United States by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), marking the first time that US ICILS data is available.

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“The study shows that the idea of ​​the ‘digital native’ is more myth than reality,” says Peggy G. Carr, associate commissioner for assessment at NCES. “Today’s eighth graders were raised in a world where computers and smartphones are commonplace, yet the majority of them were unable to perform basic tasks independently. Clearly , we have work to do to ensure our students are ready to use digital devices to successfully navigate all aspects of life.”

While 90% of US college students demonstrated working knowledge of computers as tools and were able to perform simple tasks, such as opening a link in a new browser tab, a surprisingly smaller group – 25 % of US eighth graders – was able to perform simple tasks. independently use computers as tools (for example, to gather information or manage work) and successfully distinguish the reliability of information on the Web. The assessment found that girls in the United States and around the world performed better than boys in computer information literacy.

Laura Ascion
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