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The most commonly used phrase used with regard to the training of people is Information Literacy Instruction. Does this term serve the intention well? There is an ongoing debate between information literacy specialists and academics regarding the value of information literacy skills developmen and its place in the curriculum. This paper deconstructs the meanings of instruction and education and considers how the two terms serve information literacy development.


Ogle (1997)[1] gives the following comparison between education and training:

Ogle's Comparison of Education and Training
Education Training
theoretical practical
field-independent field-dependent
broad-based narrow-based
soft skills hard skills
lifelong specific amount of time
Abstract tangible


  1. Ogle, G: Education vs, Training. Available online at