No Wonder Students Think It’s A Waste Of Time

From ACRLog:

ECAR report suggests there’s more to IAKT Syndrome than I thought. Here’s why. Students were asked to rate themselves when it comes to having the ability to search the Internet effectively and efficiently. I was not surprised to read that 80% of students stated they were effective and efficient Internet searchers. Almost half (46%) rate themselves very skilled and another third rate themselves as experts. These results held up through all age, gender and major groups. Now, does any librarian who has recently led an instruction session agree with this? When you see students working on search exercises in your instruction sessions would you agree that 80% of them are effective and efficient.

ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology


  1. Jim Montgomery
    Posted November 7, 2008 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    I confess I had to look up what “IAKT” means since
    I [didn't] Already Know That!

  2. Janet Spongberg
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    As a parent, I can tell you that the culture has shifted toward a praise pandemic in the last 10-15 years. These kids have grown up in an atmosphere of accolades. Not their fault, but I think this contributes to the IAKT syndrome.

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