Information Literacy of Students in the New Normal
The study examines information literacy being one of the vital skills of the 21st century. Skills and abilities associated with computer technology, data processing, and connectivity are indications of information literacy inside this discipline of management information technology. In the new normal, information literacy is necessary to equip the students from the dangers of misinformation, disinformation, and truth distortion as societies rapidly increase the number of people connected to the internet and utilizing one or more social media. The method of research utilized in this paper is quantitative research. Online survey using Google forms with an instrument adopted from Montecillo (2022) was conducted. There were 347 respondents who were purposely selected to answer the questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The study revealed that age maturity is a factor in having a high level of information literacy. The identified challenges in information literacy vary. College students’ challenges consisted of responsiveness, independence, and content knowledge. On the other hand, senior high school students’ challenges are in the areas of critical with information, independence, and content knowledge. The junior high school students’ challenges are in the areas of content knowledge, critical with information, and responsiveness. The program to be proposed to address the identified challenges in information literacy should be designed differently for college, senior high school, and junior high school students. Although there are similarities in the results, the differences among the respondents should be considered.
Keywords: Covid-19 pandemic, information literacy, management information system, media, and information literacy, now normal, 21st-century education, 21st-century competencies