Teaching the Next Generation of Information Literacy Educators: Pedagogy and Learning


information literacy

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Webber, S., & McKinney, P. (2016). Teaching the Next Generation of Information Literacy Educators: Pedagogy and Learning. Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.15845/noril.v8i1.249


The aim of this presentation is to compare key aspects of learning in two core information literacy (IL) modules, one delivered to a face-to-face cohort (MA Librarianship) and one to distance learners (MA Library and Information Service Management). Graduates of these programmes (delivered by the University of Sheffield iSchool, UK) often pursue careers that require excellent personal Information Literacy (IL) and the ability to teach IL to others. Inskip’s research (2015) identified that these are subjects that library and information (LIS) students want to learn, and Saunders et al.’s (2015) international study found that LIS students’ IL requires development.

Our modules aim to develop the students’ understanding of themselves as information literate citizens and teachers, and introduce them to theories and models in the fields of IL and information behavior, teaching and learning. The modules include a practical strand (searching, evaluating, using (etc.) information) and assessment is through coursework.

Using Entwistle et al.’s (2004) model of the Teaching and Learning Environment (TLE), we will map key elements (e.g. learner characteristics, approaches of teachers, course design) relevant to the quality of learning. We will also look at three “layers” of teaching: (1) overall pedagogic beliefs and institutional policies, (2) design for learning (overall planning for achieving learning outcomes), and (3) techniques, tools and methods used. We will draw on documentation, reflection and (with cooperation from learners) material created by learners during, and subsequent to, the modules.

Through the use of the TLE model we will surface differences in the experience of face-to-face and distance learners and also differences in development of their personal IL and pedagogic knowledge for IL. 

References at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JwNCYU-Uh9e-AIyRwTnMyU6Qooab0Tn8vYC-kzd1_Mw/edit?usp=sharing

The PowerPoint slides that accompany this presentation are available on SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/PamelaMcKinney/creating-knowledge-viii-teaching-the-next-generation-of-il-educators


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