Information fluency is the process whereby a person unconsciously and intuitively interprets information in all types of formats in order to obtain the essential data that will prove to be significant when dealing with a specific task such as the discovery of Homo Naledi. It is made up of five steps as follows:
ASK- When Homo Naledi was first discovered, many questions would have been asked. By analysing the discovery, one would be able to generate important questions related to the find. For example, how old is this fossil? Is it a male or female skeleton? Are there any other fossils similar to this one or is it unique?
Acquire – once questions have been asked, information will need to be acquired in order to answer the questions effectively. The information will need to be searched for accurately in order to provide a basis for the scientists to work off of. For example, by studying the fossil, the scientists can learn the age and cause of death etc.
Analyse – All collected information will need to be analysed in order to effectively identify what information is accurate and what information is false. This can be done by providing adequate evidence with all information and removing all the information that cannot be factually relied upon. This also ensures that the original questions are being answered properly.
Apply – Once you have gathered all the knowledge, the team would need to apply it to real world problems that will arise. They will need to take all the different types of knowledge and puzzle it all together in order for it to communicate together and make sense.
Assess – The last step involves taking a look at all the information and the processes used getting it all as well the questions about the original finding and summarising the entire process.
Homo Naledi is an important breakthrough as it provides scientists with the ability to study new forms of early existing human life. Naledi is believed to be one of the first early humans to date.
Dakota McCoy. (2015). What’s the importance of Homo naledi?.Available: http://cody.passle.net/post/102cyjr/whats-the-importance-of-homo-naledi. Last accessed 21 Oct 2016.