Proposal Title

Habits of Mind in the classroom: Threshold Concepts, Instructional Philosophy, and SoTL

Co-Authors

N/A

Track

Research Project / Learning Theories and Pedagogy

Proposal Abstract

Students performing research in higher education, especially at the undergraduate level, is a progressively dazzling task in the universe of digital and print resources. Using sound pedagogy to create student confidence in approaching research, hand in hand with creating scholarship, is a challenge tackled well by librarians and teaching faculty together.

We will discuss three theories and their place in research methods, using ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy as context. First, Mezirow’s Transformative Learning Theory. Second, Perry’s Epistemology of Learning: moving a student’s absolute belief in all things defined by authority toward a belief in his own values and readiness to learn. Third, Doll’s 4 Rs: Richness, Recursion, Relations, Rigor.

The threshold concepts asserted in the Framework include, among others, Scholarship as Conversation, Research as Inquiry, and Searching as Strategic Exploration. As research experts, librarians can lead students toward a transformed philosophy about creating a research question and understanding how scholarship is created and published. Librarians and teaching faculty alike can use both the pedagogical theories and the threshold concepts to create the lifelong learning that we all seek in higher education.

Session Format

Presentation Session

Location

Room 217

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 30th, 9:00 AM Mar 30th, 9:45 AM

Habits of Mind in the classroom: Threshold Concepts, Instructional Philosophy, and SoTL

Room 217

Students performing research in higher education, especially at the undergraduate level, is a progressively dazzling task in the universe of digital and print resources. Using sound pedagogy to create student confidence in approaching research, hand in hand with creating scholarship, is a challenge tackled well by librarians and teaching faculty together.

We will discuss three theories and their place in research methods, using ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy as context. First, Mezirow’s Transformative Learning Theory. Second, Perry’s Epistemology of Learning: moving a student’s absolute belief in all things defined by authority toward a belief in his own values and readiness to learn. Third, Doll’s 4 Rs: Richness, Recursion, Relations, Rigor.

The threshold concepts asserted in the Framework include, among others, Scholarship as Conversation, Research as Inquiry, and Searching as Strategic Exploration. As research experts, librarians can lead students toward a transformed philosophy about creating a research question and understanding how scholarship is created and published. Librarians and teaching faculty alike can use both the pedagogical theories and the threshold concepts to create the lifelong learning that we all seek in higher education.