Learner-Centered Pedagogy

Jul 2017 | 224pp

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Learner-Centered Pedagogy
Principles and practice

Kevin Michael Klipfel and Dani Brecher Cook

Today’s emphasis on metrics and personalization make evidence-based instruction an imperative. This book offers librarians concrete, empirically-based strategies to connect with learners at all levels.

More than ever, librarians are required to possess pedagogical expertise and called upon to design, implement, and assess robust evidence-based reference and instructional practices that contribute to student success. In order to achieve these goals, librarians must know how to teach information literacy skills that go far beyond one particular library context, in order to facilitate lifelong learning. In addition to the traditional information expertise of the library professional, today’s librarian must also master evidence-based pedagogical practices that can help make learning stick.

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
  • a balanced framework for evaluating specific educational technology tools.

Fusing theory with practice, this handbook is a valuable resource to help every librarian connect with learners more effectively.

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: What is Learner-Centered Pedagogy?

Chapter Two: Authenticity and Autonomy: Becoming Partners in Learning

Chapter Three: Empathy and the Science of Learning: Lessons from the Cognitive Literature

Chapter Four     : Relationships: The Heart of Learner-Centered Pedagogy

Chapter Five: Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Chapter Six: The Learner-Centered Library Technologist: Applying Learner-Centered Pedagogy

Conclusion: The Timelessness of Learner-Centered Pedagogy

Directions for Further Reading

About the Authors

Index

 

 

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