Professors Jamshid Beheshti and Joan Bartlett have received a 2016 SSHRC Insight Development Grant on Towards a Model of Metaliteracy for Academic and Everyday-Life Information Seeking and Use

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The goal of the proposed research is to investigate the metaliteracy knowledge and skills of millennials when seeking and using information not only for academia but also for their day-to-day lives.  The metaliteracy construct encompasses the traditional scholarly information as well as alternative digital contents delivered through the Web, social media, wikis, blogs, etc. The target population of the study is the undergraduate students at different stages of their studies and across multiple disciplines.  The study attempts to answer an overarching research question: What are the characteristics of the students’ metaliteracy knowledge and skills when seeking and using information for academia and for everyday life, and what factors may impact the students’ metaliteracy knowledge and skills?

Ultimately, by identifying all the characteristics and factors, a metaliteracy model may be constructed as a roadmap to guide future researchers, and to help practitioners to design and develop more effective and efficient pedagogical tools to assist the millennials in their information seeking and use