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This book provides information literacy practitioners with a thorough exploration of how threshold concepts can be applied to information literacy, identifying the important elements and connections between each concept and relating theory to practical methods that can transform how librarians teach.
A model that emerged from the Enhancing Teaching-Learning Environments project in Great Britain, threshold concepts are those transformative core ideas and processes in a given discipline that define the ways of thinking and practicing shared by experts. Once a learner grasps a threshold concept, new pathways to understanding and learning are opened up. The authors of this book provide readers with both a substantial introduction to and a working knowledge of this emerging theory and then describe how it can be adapted for local information literacy instruction contexts.
Five threshold concepts are presented and covered in depth within the context of how they relate and connect to each other. The chapters offer an in-depth explanation of the threshold concepts model and identify how it relates to various disciplines (and our own discipline, information science) and to the understandings we want our students to acquire. This text will benefit readers in these primary audiences: academic librarians involved with information literacy efforts at their institutions, faculty teaching in higher education, upper-level college administrators involved in academic accreditation, and high school librarians working with college-bound students.
- Provides an essential, foundational text on the theory behind the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
- Supplies librarians with the context to frame the work they do with information literacy in the same manner as faculty
- Demonstrates how librarians sharing pedagogical approaches with faculty enable more cooperative projects, better faculty-librarian communication, and truly integrated librarian instruction
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"With this book the authors have issued a cordial yet clear invitation to engage with threshold concepts to improve our teaching. They deftly weave both theory and practice into a useful and practical tool for reflective pedagogy. This book is so powerful that, before I had even finished reading it, I found myself including what I had read the night before in an information literacy session. Accept the authors' invitation and cross the threshold into a new way of teaching information literacy."
"What a profoundly wise and accessible book. The authors brilliantly help us understand both the rationale and applications that lead to the best use of threshold concepts. A great resource for anyone who is looking for a guide to the latest and best thinking about a more sophisticated information literacy."
"Librarians and other educators who encountered the idea of threshold concepts through ACRL Framework-based discussions now have the opportunity to explore this pedagogical approach with the guidance of experts on the topic. Learn how the authors identified the list of threshold concepts included (why isn't scholarship as a conversation on that list?), and consider the authors' suggestion that you too can engage in a process that might identify new information literacy threshold concepts. Part 2's exploration of the threshold concepts and ideas for teaching them is outstanding—it is quite possible that the desire to try out some of the suggestions will spur readers to identify new teaching opportunities."
"Theoretically informed, philosophically insightful, and refreshingly innovative, Transforming Information Literacy Instruction: Threshold Concepts in Theory and Practice shines a light on the construction of five interconnected threshold concepts, showing how a pedagogical shift towards conceptual teaching can dramatically impact our contribution to student learning. Hofer, Lin Hanick, and Townsend set a masterful example for modeling how to think through the complexity of threshold concepts by sharing their intense personal discussions and reflective processes and by connecting metaphors with practical examples of lesson plans and assessment strategies. This is a book that should be read by any librarian concerned with honoring the student experience while preparing them as practitioners of information use and creation."
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