According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 27, 2012, morning, Alexander Botte will be speaking about
“Challenges of Educational Reform in Germany and the Potential Role of Information Literacy”
This presentation will look at the concept of Information Literacy (IL) in the light of some major objectives of current educational reform in Germany. Germany was “shocked” by relatively poor results in the first PISA assessments, which attested Germany a more or less unexpected mediocre achievement in PISA rankings. The loud and manifold call for educational reforms was a consequence. Some major aspects of the following reform debate form a supportive environment for IL principles and opened the door for a beginning public discussion on the relevance of IL in education. This contribution will show the interlinks between educational challenges and IL settings, give a short state of the art of IL in Germany, explain drawbacks of an education wide establishment of IL and propose some basic strategic decisions in order to foster IL in educational settings.
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Alexander Botte is a former teacher and was trained as a scientific documentalist. He is now deputy chief of the Department “Information Centre Education” at the German Institute for International Educational Research, Frankfurt am Main. Since 1979, he has been working with bibliographic databases on educational topics and since 1992 he has been project manager of the German Education Index, a cooperative initiative of more than 30 documentation units of research and higher education institutions in the German-speaking countries. Since 1999, Alex has also been project manager of the German Education Server, an online portal for educational research and practice. He is Speaker of the Working Group “Information Literacy and Education” of the German Association for Information Science and Practice (DGI).