Reflection and self-evaluation is a critical component of the process for an information scientist. After completing a project and received an evaluation, you might ask him or herself the following questions:
- In what ways will you change your approach to a future similar project?
- In what ways would you keep your approach the same?
- What have proven to be your most valuable paths to information and gaining an understanding for the relevance and meaning of that information?
Becoming proficient at self-evaluation is associated with the following Information Literacy Standards (AASL, 1998):
- The information literate student evaluates information critically and competently.
- The information literate student is an independent learner and pursues information related to personal interests.
- The information literate student is an independent learner and strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.
The following example demonstrates how a student matures as he or she gains experience and expertise.
As the skills of an information scientist evolve, increasing emphasis is placed on the importance of reflective thinking.
While novice student researchers savor the success of their final product, expert researchers critically review strengths and weaknesses of both the process and product as they anticipate future inquiries.
As the beginning inquirer enjoys a red ribbon at the county fair, the evolving information scientist is considering ways to increase the quality of the tomato crop for next year.
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