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Hinchliffe- A personal philosophy of instruction and assistance: the foundation for information literacy and reference practice


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  • 1. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe A Personal Philosophy of Instruction and Assistance: The Foundation for Information Literacy And Reference Practice
  • 2. A philosophy statement is a powerful framework for exploring one's beliefs about instruction and assistance, the role of the librarian, student learning, classroom leadership, assessment, teaching and learning styles, and programmatic development. Unfortunately, developing a personal philosophy statement can be a daunting task. Librarians may find though that having a statement is necessary (e.g., promotion dossier) and/or desirable (e.g., personal reflection). The workshop will offer a structured and scaffolded approach to drafting a philosophy statement and identifying evidence from one's information literacy and reference practice as the framework for a portfolio. Workshop participants will be introduced to two tools, which are freely available – the Teaching Perspectives Inventory and the Teaching Goals Inventory – in order to explore their own personal understandings of instruction and assistance. Then, through the reflective lens outlined by Stephen Brookfield – autobiographical, student, peers and scholarly literature – participants will further examine their beliefs and practices. Participants will have a draft of a statement of personal philosophy at the conclusion of the workshop.
  • 3. Tell a story of a teacher who influenced you. What are the qualities of the teacher that inspired you?
  • 4. "A teaching philosophy is a systematic and critical rationale that focuses on the important components defining effective teaching and learning in a particular discipline and/or institutional context." Schönwetter, Deiter J., Sokal, Laura, Friesen, Marcia, & Taylor, K.Lynn. (2002). Teaching philosophies reconsidered: A conceptual model for the development and evaluation of teaching philosophy statements. The International Journal for Academic Development, 7(1), pp. 83-97.
  • 5. A Personal Statement * beliefs, goals and purpose * methods and processes * context * coherence * growth over time
  • 6. Purpose * focus attention * rationale to make decisions * baseline for evaluation * document accomplishments * reflect on practice
  • 7. When you think about yourself as a teacher, what metaphor illuminates your perspective?
  • 8. I believe…. that as a teacher my role is to….. that knowledge is….. that learning is….. that the role of the researcher/learner is to….. that researchers/learners are motivated by….. that researchers/learners thinking should be…. I know researcher/learners have learned when … that my role relative to content/information is…. that good interactions with researchers/learners are….. that the best teaching and assistance strategies are….
  • 9. Teaching Perspectives Inventory Five Perspectives on Teaching in Adult and Higher Education (1998) • Transmission – Effective Delivery of Content • Apprenticeship – Modeling Ways of Being • Developmental – Cultivating Ways of Thinking • Nurturing – Nurturing Self-Efficiency • Social Reform – Seeking a Better Society
  • 10. Teaching Goals Inventory Classroom Assessment Techniques (1993) • Higher-Order Thinking Skills • Basic Academic Success Skills • Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills • Liberal Arts and Academic Values • Work and Career Preparation • Personal Development
  • 11. Reflection Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher (1995) Four Lens • Our Autobiographies as Learners and Teachers • Our Students’ Eyes • Our Colleagues’ Experiences • Theoretical Literature
  • 12. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe THANK YOU!