n Mousaion - The role of information literacy in socio-economic development : a survey of tertiary institution students in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Volume 33, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Information literacy (IL) advances the living standards of people by enabling them to make informed decisions which translate into socio-economic development. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of IL in socio-economic development among students in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The objectives were to: find out how students obtain IL skills; examine the importance of IL to students; examine the relationship between IL and information communication technologies (ICTs); examine the relationship that exists between IL and socio-economic development; and find out the challenges faced by students in obtaining IL. A survey was conducted among 191 students in Bulawayo. The data was collected using questionnaires and interviews. The findings revealed that most students acquire IL through lectures and this enables them to make informed decisions related to socio-economic development. The study recommends that authorities in tertiary institutions should ensure that there are sufficient ICTs available to enable IL acquisition for all students.

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