Teachers and information literacy: Understandings and perceptions of the concept

Christine Shannon, Jacqueline Reilly, Jessica Bates

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Building on our 2017 article focussing on school library staff perceptions of teachers’ information literacy, this article reports on the information literacy (IL) understandings and skills of teachers in post primary schools throughout Northern Ireland. Results of a comprehensive online teacher survey (n=426) indicated that despite misplaced confidence in their own skills, teachers’ IL understandings and skills were underdeveloped. The majority of respondents had neither received IL training nor included IL instruction in their teaching. The significance of these findings for theory, practice and policy relating to the teaching of IL skills, which are intended to equip young people to become active citizens and members of a skilled workforce, is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-72
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Information Literacy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 3 Dec 2019


  • information literacy
  • librarian teacher cooperation
  • Northern Ireland
  • secondary education
  • teachers


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