Learner-centered pedagogy

Tue, 06/20/2017

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CHICAGO — Today’s emphasis on metrics and personalization make evidence-based instruction an imperative. In “Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice,” published by ALA Editions, authors Kevin Michael Klipfel and Dani Brecher Cook draw on the research of the humanistic psychologist and educator Carl Rogers to present an empathetic approach to information literacy sessions, reference service, and outreach.  With an eye on everyday library work, they offer concrete, empirically-based strategies to connect with learners at all levels. Offering plentiful examples of pedagogy in action, this book covers:

  • 6 cognitive principles for organizing information literacy instruction, with sample worksheets and organization tools for instruction planning;
  • how to establish rapport and kindle learners’ motivation;
  • tactics for transcending “cite 5 sources” and other uninspiring research assignments;
  • educational evidence debunking the mythical perception that because students are skilled at computers and mobile technology, they already know how to do research;
  • questions to keep in mind for inspiring autonomous learning;
  • the power of story, as described by Joan Didion, Brené Brown’s Ted Talk, and educational psychology research;
  • the science behind information overload; and
  • a balanced framework for evaluating specific educational technology tools.

The authors blog at Rule Number One: A Library Blog. Klipfel received his master’s degree in philosophy from Virginia Tech, where he was subsequently a lecturer in moral, political, and existential philosophy. He has presented nationally on student motivation and learning, both in and outside the library profession, and has published articles on the application of humanistic and existential psychology to learner-centered information literacy learning in journals such as College and Research Libraries and Reference Services Review. Cook is director of teaching and learning at University of California, Riverside. She has published on information literacy pedagogy and learning technologies in College and Research Libraries News, Reference and User Services Quarterly, and Communications in Information Literacy. She has presented on the intersection of these two topics nationally at conferences such as that of ACRL, LITA Forum, LOEX, and the Library Technology Conference.

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