Goals and methods
Building on the work of Catalano (2017), Mokhtari and Reichard (2002), and Schraw and Dennison (1994) the development of the ILRT proceeded in three phases. In the initial phase of development, a sample of information literacy specialists reviewed each of the many proposed items under consideration as we shaped the ILRT. Next, using this expert review, a pilot form of the tool was administered to a small sample of community college writing students to seek feedback from those who would most benefit from the use of what would become ILRT; we are grateful to these students for the feedback they provided about how each item aligned (or not) with their needs, experiences, and the framework for the ILRT. Taking this student experience feedback, we further modified the structure of the emerging tool and conducted additional psychometric studies focused on item reduction and the demonstration of construct validity. The results, available in an upcoming technical report, are supportive of the broader application of the ILRT in service to students – we offer it for your use! If you would like to partner with us in additional research on the ILRT as you use it in your context, please do not hesitate to contact us.
A User Guide is available here: https://bit.ly/ilrtuserguide