There is a research report available from the research group at Robert Gordon University, Scotland: Information Literacy in the Classroom: Secondary School Teachers' Conceptions, funded by the Society for Educational Studies, 2004 - 2005: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/abs/
research/page.cfm?pge=13088"school teachers participating in a recently completed study identified a number of different conceptions of student information literacy: finding information, linguistic understanding, making meaning,skills, critical awareness of sources, and independent learning conceptions. .... The results of the study indicate that teachers understood information literacy to be important for lifelong learning but do not feel able to effectively support the development of information literacy in their students within their current curriculum environments."
The follow up study was: UntanglingSpaghetti? The Complexity of Developing Information Literacy inSecondary School Students, funded by the Scottish Executive EducationDepartment, on which a report will shortly be available.
More information on all projects at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/abs/research/page.cfm?pge=5843
Photo by Sheila Webber: Autumn anemones, September 2006.