Location

PARB 128

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Approximately 75% of honors programs have thesis or capstone requirements (Savage & Cognard-Black, 2016). Seeing the need to provide structure, scaffolding and guidance for these undergraduates, librarians created a course, Introduction to the Honors Thesis, as a required course for 2nd semester Juniors in the Honors Program. In the course the frames of “Searching as Strategic Exploration” and “Information Creation as a Process” are taught. Students then demonstrate these frames through writing reflection papers, “source annotation” papers, and writing a prospectus. This includes an Introduction and Literature review to provide a solid foundation for the Senior level course Thesis Writing 1. This 20 minute presentation will focus on the frame of “Searching as Strategic Exploration” and how that leads to the frame of “Information Creation as a Process.” The concept learning outcomes shown in the 20 “Source Annotations,” and prospectus will be discussed. Overall this session shows the importance of these two particular frames and practical assignments that can be adapted to teach these frames in any discipline.

Presentation Description

This session helps fill a gap in instructional practices for the two frames of “Searching as Strategic Exploration” and “Information Creation as a Process.” Research and writing assignments built with these two frames in mind help students understand the importance of the frames on a practical level. The “Source Annotations” and Prospectus are practical and clear assignments that make the frames come to life for Honors students. These writing and research assignments are adaptable to any academic discipline.

Session Goals

  • Explain the relationship of these two frames.
  • Show actual student work

Session Objectives

  • Give templates of the assignments to those present
  • Explain how to adapt the templates for any course in any discipline.

Keywords

Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Information Literacy, Honors Curriculum, Theses

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Feb 21st, 8:30 AM Feb 21st, 9:45 AM

Honoring the IL Frame of Creation in the Honors BA Thesis

PARB 128

Approximately 75% of honors programs have thesis or capstone requirements (Savage & Cognard-Black, 2016). Seeing the need to provide structure, scaffolding and guidance for these undergraduates, librarians created a course, Introduction to the Honors Thesis, as a required course for 2nd semester Juniors in the Honors Program. In the course the frames of “Searching as Strategic Exploration” and “Information Creation as a Process” are taught. Students then demonstrate these frames through writing reflection papers, “source annotation” papers, and writing a prospectus. This includes an Introduction and Literature review to provide a solid foundation for the Senior level course Thesis Writing 1. This 20 minute presentation will focus on the frame of “Searching as Strategic Exploration” and how that leads to the frame of “Information Creation as a Process.” The concept learning outcomes shown in the 20 “Source Annotations,” and prospectus will be discussed. Overall this session shows the importance of these two particular frames and practical assignments that can be adapted to teach these frames in any discipline.