A Preliminary Analysis of the Inclusion of Information Literacy in International Higher Education Curricula

Alejandro Villegas-Muro, Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo, Gerardo Ascencio-Baca, Karen Alfaro-Mendives

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This article provides preliminary results of a qualitative research that analyzed the content of bachelor-level higher education curricula through the examination of current study programs belonging to 30 research-related courses from different universities worldwide that were classified in the SCImago Institutions Rankings of 2020. These programs were selected because they were available in one of the languages spoken by the researchers (Spanish, Portuguese, English). As a qualitative research, we did not intend to have a representative sampling. The analytical framework used to examine the programs was divided into six dimensions, however, in this article we centered on presenting the methodology employed for analyzing the information literacy (IL) dimension and summarize our findings. The IL-related indicators under evaluation that were least often included in the study programs analyzed were related to the promotion of using diverse information resources; citations, references, and formatting aspects; and the identification of information needs. Our analysis highlights areas of opportunities for improving the inclusion of IL in the curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Literacy in a Post-Truth Era - 7th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2021, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsSerap Kurbanoğlu, Sonja Špiranec, Yurdagül Ünal, Joumana Boustany, Denis Kos
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030998844
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event7th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 20 Sep 202123 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1533 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference7th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2021
CityVirtual, Online

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  • Bachelor programs
  • Curriculum
  • Higher education
  • Information literacy
  • Research skills


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