Teaching Philosophy

Through my research at Wayne State University and my experiences as a student, I have started to develop a teaching philosophy. The philosophy revolves around three principles; developing students who are able to recognize an information need, access information efficiently, and apply the information to their life. These principles are based on the objectives for information literacy instruction of the Association of College & Research Libraries and would be employed at an academic library where undergraduate students would be learning the importance of information literacy, a concept that will be useful throughout their academic career and life (“Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction”, 2001).

The first principle would help students be able to recognize when they have an information need as well as form the need into a searchable topic and key words. The second principle, accessing information efficiently, will allow the student to modify and grow their search as they identify appropriate sources. The final principle would involve the student incorporating the new information into their knowledge, allowing them to apply the information. These principles will lead to a well-rounded information literate individual who can identify gaps within their knowledge, find and identify fulfilling answers, and be a contributing member to society.

These principles would be achieved through clear goals and objectives, active learning, assessments, and evolving roles for both teacher and student. Ensuring that the goals and objectives of the class are clear allows the student to know what they can anticipate to learn from the course as well as what the can expect from me. Active learning will permit the students to participate in their own learning and the class. This will be achieved through exercises and group discussions. At the beginning of the course general concepts will be taught to give the student information that can be applicable to multiple situations. As the students grow they will be given more responsibility, letting them evolve in to independent learners. Assessments before and after the course will let me measure what the students have learned as well as what areas can be improved.

As an instructor, I will be a practitioner of what I teach and present concepts in accessible and understandable language. I will employ strategies and styles that accommodate all types of learners and design sessions that will build the students self-confidence. I will also grow as an instructor and allow my philosophy to evolve as I gain experience.

Objectives for information literacy instruction: a model statement for academic librarians. (2001). Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/objectivesinformation

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