A day in the life of Research, pt. 2

Information Literacy and Me

The main idea of each scholarly source is that Information Literacy is being threatened by over-accessibility and limited training on the source's reliability. Here I am clearly discussing the power of the internet! Please understand the power of misinformation or its contagious nature. One of my favorite quotes from literature to date is from Badka (2010), who defined academic expertise as one who walks through data with understanding until the answer reveals itself. The internet can be a profound source of factual data. However, when you last googled a fact, did you follow your question with an “academic journal” because? If not, the reliability is as questionable as cell phone service in the National Forest. The importance of information literacy is established; its role is central to sense-making that students engage in (Russell, 2009).

Beginner level students are satisfied with any information they find, with little emphasis on its reliability (Turusheva, 2009). Again, I am highlighting the importance of understanding the source of your information. I support Russell's (2009) findings, who maintained an early start is beneficial, but the university level is never too late for information literacy.

The empirical evidence reveals a historical pattern demonstrating urgency in developing strong foundational skills. Data published by the American Association of Higher Education revealed, 50% of academic knowledge gained is lost in less than one year (Turusheva, 2009). Badka (2010) urges the understanding that the knowledge expert is an endangered species.

I assert that the competencies sought after for the learned scholar are more based on behavioral development, focusing on the resulting leadership development. I live by these principles as an entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Implementing a Solution for aspiring students

The process of developing information literacy encourages awareness and the incorporation of the SPL model within the SAS program participants. The University of Phoenix (2016) described scholar-practitioner knowledge and development as an attainable second nature. If you are delving into your doctoral program or considering it, I would strongly encourage you to make it so.

There is a need for developed Information Literacy at the university level (Russell, 2009). Kiley (2009) encouraged the scholar to take an active role in developing their awareness through self-assessment. Kiley (2009) provided substantial evidence that active participation in student-led writing groups results in the successful application of theoretical frameworks. The data's proficiency is empirically confirmed as the key sources fail to disagree beyond the varying implementation strategies.


Badke, W. (2010). Information as a tool, not destination. Online, 34(4), 52-54.

Kiley, M. (2009, Aug). ProQuest. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 3(43), 293-304.

Phillips, J. (n.d.). Competence. Retrieved from https://courses.nus.edu.sg/course/elljwp/competence.htm

Russell, P. (2009). Why universities need information literacy now more than ever. Feliciter, 55(3), 92-94.

Turusheva, L. (2009). Students’ information competence and its importance for life-long education. Problems of Education in the 21st Century, 12, 126-132.

The University of Phoenix. (, 2016). Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership Presentation. Retrieved from the University of Phoenix, DOC 700 website.

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