|Reflective Teaching: A Bridge to Learning|
Library Orientation Series: #35
Edited by Deb Biggs Thomas, Rosina Tammany, Randal Baier, Eric Owen, and Heidi Mercado
The 31st National LOEX Conference initiated a wake-up call for instruction librarians to make time for self-assessment of our teaching, "...to take a step back for a moment and reflect on the essentials of instruction: teaching and learning."
Teaching is not and should not become a static enterprise; rather we bring aspects of ourselves into the process. When we take the time to understand and reflect on how we teach, we can foster more effective learning for our students.
The conference explored such topics as support for improved teaching, professional growth as teachers, collaborative learning, teaching to different learning styles, the passionate teacher and other thematic areas.
The keynote speakers, Betsy Baker and Elizabeth Burge, set the tone for the conference, each reflecting in her own techniques for self-assessment.
Betsy Baker, a library consultant and educator, who has been an academic librarian for over twenty years at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, urged taking that seemingly non-existent time for reflection. With reflection we can begin to ask ourselves about the true meaning and purpose of our work. This, Baker states, "informs our answers to questions of what we need to do and how we should do it."
Liz Burge is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada where she works in adult and distance education research. Burge, a former librarian, used a metaphor to help "examine some assumptions about our own and our clients' learning" as well as assumptions having to do with instruction librarians professional worth and practice vis-a-vis our students.
The selected papers that follow the keynote addresses showcase individual presenters' strategies, programs, and ways to incorporate self-improvement and assessment in teaching. Discovering and then implementing ways to "nurture" our teaching selves ultimately will result in our students becoming effective learners and instruction librarians more fulfilled professionals.
Detailed Table of Contents
by Deb Biggs Thomas
by Betsy Baker (Library consultant and educator formerly with Northwestern University)
by Elizabeth J. Burge, Ed.D (Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick, Canada)
Breakout Session No: 1
by Jeanette McVeigh (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia)
by Vivienne Piroli (Simmons College)
by Janice M. Krueger (University of the Pacific)
by BethAnn Zambella (Wellesley College) and Susan Barnes Whyte (Linfield College)
Breakout Session No: 2
by Donna J. Gunter (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
by Jim Kinnie, Mary C. MacDonald, and Amanda Izenstark (University of Rhode Island)
by Michelle Twait (Gustavus Adolphus College)
by Jana Varlejs and Eileen Stec (Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey)
Breakout Session No: 3
by Sarah Statz (Madison Public Library)
by Sally Weston (University of Michigan, Business School)
by Jerilyn Veldof and Melissa Kalpin (University of Minnesota)
by Jeanine Akers (University of Memphis) and Wendy Crist (Arkansas State University)
by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Robert Burger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Breakout Session No: 4
by Pam Baker and Kathlene Hanson (California State University, Monterey Bay)
by Trisha Mileham and Ruth Connell (Valparaiso University)
by Lisa Barnett, Melissa Browne and Katherine Harris (Ball State University)
by Elizabeth O. Hutchins (St. Olaf College)
by Angela Megaw (Gainesville College)
Breakout Session No: 5
by Miriam Laskin and Lucinda R. Zoe (Hostos Community College)
by Kyzyl Fenno-Smith (California State University, Hayward)
by Pam Kessinger (Portland Community College)
by Priscilla Atkins (Hope College)
by Sandra Hochstein (Douglas College, British Columbia, Canada)
Breakout Session No: 6
by Celita DeArmond (San Antonio College) and Angela Dunnington (Southeastern Louisiana University)
by Bruce Pencek, Susan Ariew and Penny Burge (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
by Martha C. Smith (Elmira College)
by Randall Schroeder, Jill Gremmels (Wartburg College) and James L. Pence (Pacific Lutheran University)
Roster of Attendees
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