Document Type : Original Article

Authors

Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Sari Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sari, Iran

Abstract

Information literacy embraces the ability to access useful information and to have the awareness of organizing knowledge and information which require different search methods and most effective diagnostic information for problem solving and decision-making. Those who lack these abilities are continuously confused in the vast ocean of information. This study investigated designing model of educators’ information literacy at agricultural technical schools in Mazandaran Province, Iran. The date analyses methods used in this study involved a combination of descriptive and quantitative research. The statistical population consisted of 155 educators of agricultural technical schools in Mazandaran Province. The questionnaire validity was approved by the university professors and many of the educational system experts. The theta coefficients for each section were between 80 and 95 percent. The descriptive and inferential statistics and structural equation modeling were used to analyze the data using SPSS16 and Smart PLS2 software. The results showed that the educators had good information literacy. It was found that four variables of the field of study, work experience, age and social factor determined 66.3 percent of the variance in educators’ information literacy at agricultural technical schools.

Graphical Abstract

Designing Educators’ Information Literacy Model at the Agricultural Technical Schools in Mazandaran Province, Iran

Highlights

  • This study investigated designing model of educators’ information literacy at agricultural technical schools in Mazandaran Province, Iran.
  • Four variables determined 66.3 percent of the variance in educators’ information literacy.
  • Work experience, age and organizational factor had the highest impact on information literacy, respectively.

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