Eisenberg and Berkowitz

The BIG 6



Information Search

Pappas and Tepe
Pathways to Knowledge
1. Task definition
- Define the problem
- Identify information

1. Task initiation
- To prepare for the decision of selecting a topic
1. Appreciation
- My senses
- Seeing
- Listening
- Reading
- Being curious
- Enjoying
2. Information seeking
- Determine range of
- Prioritize sources
2. Topic selection
- To decide on topic for

2. Pre-search
- Making connections between what is already known and what is yet to be learned
3. Location & access
- Locate sources
- Find information
3. Pre-focus exploration
- To investigate information with the intent of finding a focus
3. Search
- Planning what resources will be used and what information to look for
4. Use of information
- Engage (read, view,
- Extract info
4. Focus formulation
- To formulate a focus from the information encountered
4. Interpretation
- Deciding which information is useful and which is not needed
5. Synthesis
- Organize
- Present
5. Information collection
- To gather information that defines, extends and supports the focus
5. Communication
- Organize newly acquired knowledge
- Share new information
6. Evaluation
- Judge the product
- Judge the process
6. Search closure
-To conclude search for information
6. Evaluation
- Think about the processes used
- Decide it a better way can be implemented next time
The above chart compares and contrasts just 3 information literacy models available to teachers. A great website for further models is http://www.virtualinquiry.com/inquiry/models.htm

"65% of children, ages 2-17, go on the Internet several times a week."
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Internet Study (April 2003)

"The amount of inoformation available in the world doubles every two years."
David Thornburg, Educational Futurist, CUE 1997

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After reviewing several types of information literacy models, I've taken a stab at creating on of my own. It's called "WOO HOO."

This model can be used in a variety of ways in my classroom whether I am teaching history and we are researching the hisotry of Angel Island or if I am teaching English and we are looking at slogans and jingles used to market products.