Pakistan Journal of Information Management and Libraries, Vol 17 (2016)

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Adapting and Normalizing the 6th Grade Version of the Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (TRAILS) Among the Iranian 6th Grade Students

Fatima Baji, Zahed Bigdeli


Given the lack of a standardized and normalized assessment tool for measuring Iranian primary school students' levels of IL, this study adapted and modified the Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills to evaluate the IL skills of a group of the 6th grade students. In this research, descriptive research design was used and the data were collected through a survey. A sample of 701 female and male students in the 6th grade from Ahwaz city was selected. Stratified random sampling technique was used to draw/choose representative sample. Descriptive statistics such as mean, standard deviation, median, interquartile deviation, scores of percentile ranks, and z, Zn, T scores were used to specify the IL skills test norms. According to the results, the mean score of female students in IL skills assessment was 11.56, while in males was 9.04. This demonstrates that the Iranian 6th grade students have weakness in IL skills; this issue is due to the lack of IL instruction in school curriculum and despite the adoption of various documents to improve the education system in Iran in recent years. Findings of this research provide insights towards the IL assessment tool development of k-12 students in Iran and establish a baseline for introducing TRAILS testing in k-12 setting in Iran.

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