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Imagining the Future of       Library Instruction:    How Feminist Pedagogy Can Transform the Way You Teach and        How...
Agenda• Think/Pair/Share: What is feminist  pedagogy?• Overview of feminist pedagogy theory• Contexts• Think/Pair/Share: F...
Think/Pair/Share• Think about what you think feminist  pedagogy is.• Turn to your neighbor and discuss.• Share with the gr...
Defining Feminist Pedagogy“a perspective on teaching which is anti-sexist, and anti-hierarchical, and whichstresses women’...
Recurring Themes• Raising consciousness about gender  injustice, sexism, and social change• Privileging student voice• Fos...
Contexts• Maria• Emily• Alana
What feminist pedagogy looks               likeThe feminist teacher                          The feminist instruction libr...
What feminist pedagogy looks               likeThe feminist teacher                       The feminist instruction librari...
What feminist pedagogy looks               likeThe feminist teacher                       The feminist instruction librari...
What feminist pedagogy looks               likeThe feminist teacher                       The feminist instruction librari...
What feminist pedagogy looks               likeThe feminist teacher                        The feminist instruction librar...
What feminist pedagogy looks               likeThe feminist teacher                      The feminist instruction libraria...
Think/Pair/Share• Think about how your responses to the  first question have changed, if at all.• Turn to your neighbor to...
Bibliography• See http://mariataccardi.com for a full  bibliography
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Feminist Pedagogy ACRL 2013

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Feminist Pedagogy ACRL 2013

  1. 1. Imagining the Future of Library Instruction: How Feminist Pedagogy Can Transform the Way You Teach and How Students Learn Maria T. Accardi, Indiana University SoutheastEmily Drabinski, Long Island University-Brooklyn Alana Kumbier, Wellesley College
  2. 2. Agenda• Think/Pair/Share: What is feminist pedagogy?• Overview of feminist pedagogy theory• Contexts• Think/Pair/Share: Feminist strategies in the classroom• Questions/Answers/Discussion
  3. 3. Think/Pair/Share• Think about what you think feminist pedagogy is.• Turn to your neighbor and discuss.• Share with the group.
  4. 4. Defining Feminist Pedagogy“a perspective on teaching which is anti-sexist, and anti-hierarchical, and whichstresses women’s experience, both thesuffering our oppression has caused and thestrengths we have developed to resist it”(Fisher, 1981, p. 20).
  5. 5. Recurring Themes• Raising consciousness about gender injustice, sexism, and social change• Privileging student voice• Fostering Collaboration/ Cooperation/ Democracy/ Community• Transforming teacher-student relations/authority/empowerment• Ethics of care
  6. 6. Contexts• Maria• Emily• Alana
  7. 7. What feminist pedagogy looks likeThe feminist teacher The feminist instruction librarianMakes use of the seminar discussion- Promotes active participation whenbased format, which fosters active discussing possible research topics,participation and values student voices database searching strategies, or other(Broidy, 2007; Chow et al., 2003). information literacy learning activities.Is characterized by the absence of Relies on student input for databaselecturing and assertion of authority. demonstration, keyword brainstorming,Instead, the teacher asks for student input and search query formation.(Carillo, 2007).Emphasizes on hands-on or interactive Employs hands-on learning activities thatlearning, field trips, service or community require students to engage with librarylearning (Chow et al., 2003). research tools.
  8. 8. What feminist pedagogy looks likeThe feminist teacher The feminist instruction librarianFacilitates cooperation, class Makes use of group work or partner workparticipation, group work; builds for information searching or evaluation.community; involves students in decision Develops learning activities that solicitmaking; elicits personal responses to and validate students’ experientialmaterial (Duncan & Stasio, 2001). knowledge.Employs consciousness-raising (Fisher, Raises awareness of sexism and other1981). forms of oppression through library research content and examples (e.g. using “women in engineering” for a search topic in a career research class.)
  9. 9. What feminist pedagogy looks likeThe feminist teacher The feminist instruction librarianIs attentive to language as a way of Takes care to explain how keywordsconstructing reality and knowledge; and/or subject terms often fail to takeacknowledges central role of language in into account or adequately describeteaching, learning, and theory formation marginalized people or topics.(Giroux, 1989). Demonstrates how to rephrase search language in order to retrieve satisfactory results.Uses egalitarian classroom practices, Makes use of learning activities thatencourages student development of validate learners’ talents and strengthspersonal strengths, and fosters social and invite students to share orrelations that challenge patriarchy demonstrate skills for class. Fosters an(Giroux, 1989). anti-hierarchical classroom environment where student input is sought, utilized, and valued.
  10. 10. What feminist pedagogy looks likeThe feminist teacher The feminist instruction librarianFosters an environment in which all Collaboratively develops goals andindividuals work together to achieve goals learning outcomes for library session withcollectively (Hayes, 1989). students. Invites suggestions from students on how to achieve goals.Encourages students to define key terms Seeks student input on keywordfor class discussion (Maher, 1985) brainstorming. Encourages students to help set the agenda for learning activities and goals for the session.Supports students in achieving mastery Develops learning activities that allowon their own or in collaborative group students to improve and hone libraryexercises (Parry, 1996). research skills individually or with partners/groups.
  11. 11. What feminist pedagogy looks likeThe feminist teacher The feminist instruction librarianMakes use of reflective personal journals Employs learning activities or assessment(Parry, 1996). instruments that promote student reflection on learning and research process and facilitate metacognition.Employs networked computerized Uses computer classroom in a way thatclassrooms, which can shift power empowers individual learners andrelationships and promote active learning promotes hands-on kinesthetic learning.(Parry, 1996).Focuses on interaction, such as Keeps the classroom interesting and livelyimpromptu speaking, group exercises, ice- by encouraging students to speak, work inbreakers, keeping people meeting new groups, and move around the classroom.people, changing physical environment(Torrens & Riley, 2004).
  12. 12. What feminist pedagogy looks likeThe feminist teacher The feminist instruction librarianMakes use of think/pair/share, team work Develops learning activities that requireand team reports, and group problem- students to work individually, then sharesolving (Webb et al., 2004) with a partner, and then share with the group. Provides problem-based research scenarios for students to solve together.
  13. 13. Think/Pair/Share• Think about how your responses to the first question have changed, if at all.• Turn to your neighbor to discuss.• Share with group.
  14. 14. Bibliography• See http://mariataccardi.com for a full bibliography
  15. 15. Questions/Answers/Discussion

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