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ERIC Number: EJ792765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
Librarians as Disciplinary Discourse Mediators: Using Genre Theory to Move toward Critical Information Literacy
Simmons, Michelle Holschuh
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v5 n3 p297-311 Jul 2005
This article proposes that we extend our information literacy instruction programs to include tenets of genre theory as a way to move toward a more critical stance in our pedagogy. By developing an anthropologist's sensitivity to culture, academic librarians can learn the characteristics of the academic disciplines and then help students learn these characteristics as a way for them to understand the rhetorical practices in these fields. In making tacit practices visible, librarians can facilitate students' transitions into the cultures of their chosen disciplines. In this way, we can help students see that information is constructed and contested not monolithic and apolitical. (Contains 58 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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