Evaluation of Information Literacy of Slovenian University Students
This contribution summarizes the results of the evaluation of information literacy (IL) of 677 higher education students enrolled in study programs of life sciences, health, technologies, and social sciences at six Slovenian faculties. The information literacy test (ILT) that was developed, verified and validated by the authors in a previous work served as the IL measuring instrument. Statistical analyses of ILT responses were performed in SPSS. The results suggest that, on average, Slovenian students’ IL is satisfactory and improves with years of education. On average, students know information sources and adequately evaluate the collected information. They possess skills to use the information in academic work and to synthesize data into knowledge. However, students are less proficient in advanced search strategies available in scientific and patent databases. The main deficit in students’ knowledge is evident in topics related to intellectual property rights and in ethical issues related to acquisition and use of information. Students that participated in an IL-specific study course significantly improved their ILT achievement, most significantly in topics where their pre-knowledge was lower.
KeywordsInformation literacy Higher education Evaluation Test Slovenia
The authors would like to thank the university professors who participated in testing: Saša Aleksej Glažar, Vesna Ferk Savec, Mojca Juriševič, Irena Sajovic and Margareta Vrtačnik from the University of Ljubljana; Alenka Baggia, Mirjana Kljajić Borštnar and Andreja Pucihar from the University of Maribor; and Blaž Rodič from the Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto. The authors would also like to thank all of the students who participated in the survey. The study was financially supported by the Slovenian Research Agency, project J5-5535 entitled “Development of information literacy of university students as a support for solving authentic science problems”.
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