We are bombarded daily with information from the media, newspapers, magazines, radio, and the World Wide Web. Is all information equal? Is it accurate, worthy of our attention? How do you decide which information to take in and which to discard? Most importantly, how will you teach your CTE students about information literacy?
The hot topic in the world of healthcare is Ebola. This topic is a great example of bombardment of information. There is so much information currently out there that it does make it difficult to decipher what is accurate and what is not. Not all that you read is equal nor accurate. While on the topic of Ebola the information is worthy of our attention but you have to be aware of the motives of the sources for the information? Also you need to know if the information is backed up by research.When I am teaching my CTE student about literacy information I teach them first that there is so many places you can go to learn about healthcare but not all of them have the most up to date and accurate information. The best way to determine the accuracy is to look at the source and find out whether the information can be back up by research. Also to not always except things as absolute because in healthcare there are very few absolutes. Again going back to Ebola, the protocols for isolation that were put in place by the CDC for healthcare workers was looked at as being accurate now from experience we know that those protocols do not always work so now the CDC is having go back and reevaluate how to do things and will have to update the information they put out in regards to Ebola and isolation procedures