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2002 Gwen Gawith: Copyright Part 2

2002 Gwen Gawith: Copyright Part 1

2002 Donald Joyce: Cheating in an Electronic Age

2002 Gwen Gawith: "3 Doors to Infoliteracy" course

2002: Gwen Gawith: Review of Hyerle's "A field guide to using visual tools"

2002 Gwen Gawith: Re-defining research

2002 Opoho School: "The Opoho Possum Hunt"

2001 Gwen Gawith: "Infobliteracy" - Part 2.

2001 Gwen Gawith: Responding to "Into a Further World" by Elwyn Richardson.

2001 Carolyn Coil: Teachers make the world of information become knowledge.

2001 Gwen Gawith: Why Read?

2001 Gwen Gawith: "Infobliteracy" - Part 1.

2001 Linda Selby and Maureen Trebilcock: A call for teacher-librarians

2000 Gwen Gawith: Information Literacy: theory into practice - Part 2

2000 Gwen Gawith: Information literacy: problems and solutions.

2000 Alan Cooper: Information literacy; the past is not enough.

1999 Gwen Gawith: The origins of information literacy.

1998 Graham Prentice: Knowledge architects.

1998 Gwen Gawith: Getting a handle on information literacy.

1997 Gwen Gawith: NEMPing through information literacy.

1992 Gwen Gawith: learning for the future.

1987 Gwen Gawith: Information skills for an information age.

1986 Gwen Gawith Information skills for an information literate future.

1984 Gwen Gawith: Getting a handle on information skills.


information literacy:
definitions & discussion



3 Doors to InfoLiteracy® is a brand new, really innovative trademarked training programme based on my 1999 PhD research findings.

It was trialled in conjunction with the MOE last year in a project called ‘Information Literacy Online’. The trial was very successful!

The 3 Doors® by Email course:

3 Doors® by Email is a course available to individual teachers or schools. The course can be done over 6 - 12 weeks, or longer, as negotiated. It is based on the 3 Doors® model (described below). You get a detailed manual and workbook. The workbook contains six self-drive workshops which you work through in the normal context of your classroom programme. You get detailed, immediate guidance and feedback by email so that the course is tailored to your students, your curriculum programme and your own needs.

The 3 Doors® learning model:

3 Doors® is a LEARNING model with 20 learning actions. These can be applied individually or in combination in a wide range of curriculum teaching situations. The teacher doesn't have to 'do' a whole 'research' or 'inquiry' project.

3 Doors® is not a research framework like my 1984/1987 Action Learning Framework around which I built the Infolink course. However, a new research framework is built into it. This complements the Action Learning Framework, so there is no conflict for teachers who have done Infolink. 3 Doors is just a lot more flexible and enjoyable for all concerned! It works at all levels, primary and secondary, because it is adapted to whatever students are learning and doing in the classroom at the time. The trial included Year 1 - 13 students.

3 Doors® also works with students with fairly basic literacy skills because the underlying concepts are simple and can be applied in situations which don't demand a high level of reading skill. The opposite is also true. It is ideal if you want to extend student infoliteracy learning. The focus is student self-efficacy and self-regulation - to give students more feeling of control over their learning by coaching them to use specific strategies (the 20 Learning Actions). These strategies emphasise students' ability to analyse and interpret information and use information with discrimination to build KNOWLEDGE.

The teacher's coaching is critical. The 3 Doors® course shows teachers what to teach and how to teach it.

And it’s FUN!

How the 3 Doors® by email course works:

3 Doors by Email is a supported distance learning non-credit course, ie doesn’t credit to other qualifications. The duration of the course is negotiable, and how teachers work is also up to them. Email/ phone guidance is provided to help teachers customise the learning actions to suit particular topics and students, and to provide immediate feedback and advice.

• There's a comprehensive MANUAL and WORKBOOK

• The course runs over 6 - 12 weeks (or longer, if you wish).

• There are 6 Self-Drive Workshops - ideally one per week or fortnight.

• Examples of 3 Doors® in action are provided.

• Emails provide structured one-to-one guidance on applying the model with students in whatever curricular context chosen.

• Ideally, teachers work in pairs or threes, and get immediate email guidance and feedback as they apply the strategies with students in whatever curricular context suits. Pairs or threes don’t have to do the same thing - it’s just a support and sharing mechanism to maximise the benefit gained from the course. Teachers can work individually if preferred.

• Teachers providing evidence of successful application of the 3 Doors® Model with students get a Certificate of Completion.

3 Doors to InfoLiteracy® is a registered (fully copyrighted and rights protected) training scheme. It is currently only available in this format.


On application to:

Gwen Gawith
Metacog Ltd,
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St Heliers 1130,
New Zealand
Ph/fax (09) 521 5965