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ERIC Number: EJ1097832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8034
Stranger in a Strange Land: The Undergraduate in the Academic Library--A Collaborative Pedagogy for Undergraduate Research
Bankert, Dabney A.; Van Vuuren, Melissa S.
CEA Forum, v37 n1 Win-Spr 2008
This is not another tired lament for a Golden Age when all students were brilliantly prepared for college, but rather an elaboration of a central pedagogical reality the authors had each separately faced--it is not easy to teach the complex set of skills subsumed under the heading "research," that organic, contingent, messy, recursive series of processes that can test even the most placid patience. This paper describes the story of the authors' collaborative attempt to find an effective way to teach research skills to undergraduates. Its impetus was a May 2006 workshop, Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning, organized by James Madison University Libraries and the Center for Faculty Innovation. The workshop paired reference librarians with faculty from a variety of disciplines; each pair collaborated on the integration of information literacy into an assignment. This was a modest goal; the authors did not fully anticipate that in achieving it they would also fundamentally revise their pedagogical vision. In creating, piloting, and assessing the assignment featured in this paper, the authors discovered that few beginning (or even advanced) English majors have learned to conduct basic literary research, they desperately desire the skills to do so, and are often profoundly embarrassed to admit they do not already have them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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