How Information Literate Are We as Teachers?

  • Jos van HelvoortEmail author
  • Ellen Sjoer
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 676)


The purpose of the research was to provide academic staff with insights into their own information behavior and to motivate them to refer to relevant, accurate and reliable resources in their own course materials. To achieve this we used a participative research approach. Six participants assessed course materials created by themselves or by colleagues from their own department. It was found that in the course materials for the undergraduate ICT program of a university of applied sciences, in-text citations are often missing. If references are made, they are mainly references to general information sources like handbooks and popular or semi-scholarly websites. We discussed these findings in a focus group. An important additional benefit was the experience acquired with the participative research approach for improving the staff’s own information behavior.


Information literacy Higher education Teaching staff Participative research Citation analysis Focus groups 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sustainable Talent Development Research GroupThe Hague University of Applied SciencesThe HagueThe Netherlands

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