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ERIC Number: EJ1212461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-5786
Isn't It Time for Youth Services Instruction to Grow Up? From Superstition to Scholarship
Bernier, Anthony
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v60 n2 p118-138 2019
The overarching assessment of youth services rendered by Leslie Edmonds in 1987 remains largely true today: that its most influential force remains not research, or evidence, or constant professional improvement or addressing field-based challenges, but "superstition." Research in youth services pedagogy, likewise, offers a perpetually weak response to the field's many and growing challenges. Professional associations advance long and undifferentiated lists of aspirations uninformed by evidence-based research. And course syllabi do not sufficiently differentiate conventional practice from the delivery of evidence-based and measurable definitions of success. Taken together, the teaching of youth services librarianship remains mired essentially in superstition, without a practice rooted in defensible evidence and lacking a clearly understandable, unique, and measurable indicator of success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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