Developing information literacy as A level geographers

Hosted by Janine Maddison

Geography is a data-driven subject but how can we, as geographers, find, interrogate, evaluate and use geographical information effectively? Information literacy is a set of abilities that enables individuals to recognise when information is needed, giving them the ability to locate suitable sources of information, evaluate the information and apply the information effectively.

Using a variety of quantitative and qualitative data sources along with critical thinking principles, this session looks at tools and strategies to help A level geographers develop three key skills of information literacy. These include:

  • locating sources of suitable information
  • interrogating and evaluating data
  • using data sources effectively in A level geography.

Attendees will develop their ability to collect geographical information from secondary data sources and use that information to develop their geographical knowledge and understanding. You can download a copy of the presentation here.

Janine Maddison is postgraduate reseracher at the Univeristy of Newcastle specialising in bioscience education and the pedagogic benefit of the virtual world to enhance fieldwork. She previously worked at the Field Studeis Council as Education Development Officer. 

This session has already taken place. You can watch a recording here:



1 hour

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