Project Information Literacy's Lifelong Learning Study, Phase One: Interviews with Recent Graduates Research Brief
6 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2014
Date Written: August 4, 2014
Five preliminary research trends are presented from phase one of Project Information Literacy's (PIL's) study lifelong learning study. Researchers found: (1) More than anything else, a large majority of recent college graduates interviewed identified lifelong learning needs that centered on employment and professional success, (2) Google search was the go-to source for lifelong learning and graduates prioritized their searches by looking for sources with how-to information they could directly apply often to shore up knowledge and close skill gaps, (3) most placed a high value on blogs, (4) many actively building a social network of go-to experts they could consult at work, and (5) graduates interviewed credited college with “teaching them to learn how to learn,” while giving them the confidence to “learn anything on their own.” Trends are based on telephone interviews conducted during May and June 2014 with 63 recent college graduates from 10 US colleges and universities.
Keywords: college students, information literacy, lifelong learning, Project Information Literacy
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