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ERIC Number: EJ1082903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-5786
Academically Informed Creative Writing in LIS Programs and the Freedom to Be Creative
Dali, Keren; Lau, Andrea; Risk, Kevin
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v56 n4 p298-324 Fall 2015
This article makes a case for the inclusion of creative writing in Library & Information Science (LIS) courses. Using an example of the course on reading practices and audiences, it shows how creative writing can contribute to the development of creativity, critical thinking, ability for self-direction and independent learning--all the necessary skills for future leaders in the field of LIS. It presents a unique professor--student perspective on creative writing assignments and focuses on two case studies: the role of creative writing in validating students' personal experiences and previous educational background; and the importance of creative writing in fostering a skill of meaningful and engaging storytelling. It also analyzes several possible concerns related to the incorporation of creative writing in LIS courses, with a particular emphasis on the rigorous but flexible evaluation methods of students' creative work. The article will be of interest to LIS educators and LIS students, who, it is hoped, would become more involved in the direction of their graduate education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Creative Works
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Language: English
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