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Friday, May 8 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Beyond Scaffolding: Constructing Student-Centered Instruction in Sociology and Information Literacy

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A librarian and a sociology professor will describe how they have transformed their approach to information literacy from the standard “one shot” session to the integration of information literacy concepts throughout a research methods course and its assignments. Over several years of purposeful experimentation, the presenters have designed multiple assignments and in-class exercises around understanding and critically examining sociology’s practices around information, research, and scholarship. The presenters will discuss the evolution of their partnership, share the specific assignments and instruction approaches they have used, and evaluate the results of their collaboration through the use of student assignments and feedback.

Participants will:
  • assess instructor expectations of research methods students' information literacy and other skills in order to identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • consider the example of librarian/instructor collaboration in course design, teaching, and assignments so that attendees can adopt similar approaches in their communities.
  • discuss sample assignments and exercises in order to explore ways to integrate information literacy knowledge practices and dispositions into the instruction of a research methods course.

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Erin Ackerman

Interim Assistant Director for Public Services, Gitenstein Library, The College of New Jersey

J. Lynn Gazley

Associate Professor of Sociology, The College of New Jersey

Friday May 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT