South Africa has undergone major changes in the school curriculum. At the same time, international emphasis on the importance of Information Literacy has found reflections locally in many calls for the development of school libraries (e.g. Arnold, 2002: 178), but has remained a problem in the actual implementation. This is also reflected in initial teacher training which has moved Information Literacy to a skill of the teacher, rather than an essential part of the curriculum that they have to teach.
This paper first looks briefly at the changes in national curricula in South Africa, and then at the current curriculum, with emphasis on the place of Information Literacy concepts within the curriculum as a whole, and then within each Learning Area. An intervention with education students is then described in which an attempt was made to look at their understanding of the role of Information Literacy and, finally, a few recommendations are made with regard to how this reflects on schools and school libraries.
- Information literacy,
- Curriculum 2005,
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