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Credo Information Literacy Modules: Why Information Literacy

Why Critical Thinking is Important

An ability to think critically is essential to a student's time in school and is a vital life-long skill. 

Employers highly value critical thinking skills too, with a 2013 AAC&U study showing that "a candidate's demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major."

It's not easy to teach students to adopt a new thinking style; in today's polarized environments, it can even be difficult to impart to them the importance of deliberate and critical thinking.

Why Information Literacy is Important

Information Literacy (IL) refers to the ability to recognize a need for information and to find, analyze, and synthesize related materials from books, articles, websites, and more. 

How Can IL Benefit Students?

2017 study of 42,000 students in more than 1,700 courses at 12 major research universities shows that: 

  • Retention rates were higher for students whose courses included IL instruction. 
  • Students whose courses included IL instruction reported higher average first-year GPAs than those whose courses did not. 
  • Students whose courses included IL instruction successfully completed 1.8 more credit hours per year than students who did not

How Can IL Benefit Faculty?

Students who are information literate are better able to come up with workable topics for their papers, research those topics independently, and write papers that comfort to rigorous academic standards.


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