EMPATIC aims to achieve a significant impact on validating new learning paradigms and strategic thinking on curriculum reform by drawing together and valorising the results of previous Information Literacy initiatives and projects across the school, university, adult and vocational learning sectors and using this evidence to influence policy makers’ perceptions and actions to support a marked increase in piloting and mainstreaming of Information Literacy.
Information Literacy is a vital component of the future development of a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented European Information Society.
A society in which everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge - enabling individuals, communities and peoples to achieve their full potential in promoting their sustainable development and improving their quality of life.
It is a key competence that underpins many, if not most, of the EU's most important objectives and strategies, including i2010 and Education and Training 2010. It is therefore important that progress is made in all Member States and that expertise can be pooled and used to create maximum impact right across the EU.
However, the potential of Information Literacy remains largely unrealized within mainstream learning systems in Europe.
- Curricular integration at all educational levels is comparatively rare
- Significant barriers inhibit its integration within curricula including: relevance and appropriateness of syllabus content
- Lack of awareness of the relationship with ‘neighbouring’ disciplines and approaches such as computer literacy, media literacy, digital etc literacy
- Negative stakeholder perception of the learning achieved
- Lack of competence by teachers
- Concerns over suitability for adults etc
- Information literacy is also interpreted and implemented across Europe in different ways by different exponents - and according to different levels and disciplines of learning and different approaches to education
EMPATIC will provide innovative solutions by:
- Taking a political approach to Information Literacy for the first time. Focusing on policy makers as the key actors who can bring about change and convincing them that Information Literacy is a vital component of the future development of a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society
- Effectively exploiting the results of previous research in Information Literacy for the first time
- Making the lessons learned and techniques developed by campaigners in other fields accessible to support and encourage advocacy by practitioners and others on behalf of Information Literacy
The ambition is that this will pave the way for the extended piloting and eventual mainstreaming of information competencies in all levels of education and their integration in the reform of curriculum frameworks.