ERIC Number: ED472850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Teaching across the Divides in the Library Classroom.
LaGuardia, Cheryl; Williams, Helene; Oka, Christine; Zald, Anne
Changes in pedagogy, technology, and resources have forced tremendous change in library instruction in the United States over the past few years. One educational factor has changed even more than learning theory or the technology we use to apply and explore it, and that factor is the characteristics of our user populations. Increasing diversity in students' age, ethnicity, and academic preparation, added to the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic curricula, makes it vital for us to question our assumptions about who and what we are teaching in libraries, and how we are teaching it. The "average"18- year-old college student prepared with basic research skills does not exist now, if indeed that average student ever did. Today's students have a wide spectrum of backgrounds and library experiences, ranging from novice to expert, from first-year to returning adult, from non-native English speaker to under-represented ethnic group. This paper discusses recent statistics, and experiences at Harvard University, Northeastern University, and the University of Washington libraries. (Contains 5 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Library Instruction, Library Skills, Student Characteristics, Student Research, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Libraries for Life: Democracy, Diversity, Delivery. IFLA Council and General Conference: Conference Programme and Proceedings (68th, Glasgow, Scotland, August 18-24, 2002); see IR 058 549.