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Speaking Truth in Community
The Role of Networks in Critical Pedagogy Theory and Practice
#critnetworks
Jeremy McGinniss, ...
Experience
Action
Reflection
#critnetworks
Context
Evaluation
From Ignatian Pedagogy: An Abridged Version, 2014.
TODAY’S ACTION
What are your expectations
and goals for today?
#critnetworks
TODAY’S ACTION
3 questions
WHAT IS TRUTH?
WHAT IS CRITICAL PEDAGOGY?
WHAT IS A NETWORK?
Experience-Reflection-Action cycle...
#critnetworks
WHAT IS TRUTH?
“Truth is the engine that drives inquiry. The pursuit of the
truth involves a desire to understand what is real and
avoid ...
• Social justice in the context of library work
• Human flourishing
• Introduce small tensions in pursuit of truth
EXPERIE...
• Truth’s relationship to power
• Information access and interaction: physical,
technological, cognitive, and social (Budd...
External
• Engagement in dialogue
Internal
• Personal responsibility for own learning
Both require a commitment to this wo...
#critnetworks
WHAT IS CRITICAL
PEDAGOGY?
“Transformation is key for critical pedagogy, which
challenges foundational and universal truths that
construe knowledge a...
• Theory and practice → reflection and action
• An ethic of justice is an ethic of care (Accardi, 2015, 2016;
Hathcock, 20...
Language as an “act with consequences”:
“Be it grand or slender, burrowing, blasting, or refusing to
sanctify; whether it ...
“An individual’s use of an object, experience, person or
event is what turns it into a transitional object. Transitional
o...
#critnetworks
WHAT IS A NETWORK?
“Together [digital writing and information literacy] present
powerful ways to situate research, knowledge
production, and ...
• #critlib (Twitter)
• #acrlilrevisions #critlib chat (July 2014)
• meeting via #critlib chat → NEPaLA 2015
• Hybrid Pedag...
• What is the role of networks in human flourishing?
• Is a network the same as a community?
• How do networks provide a s...
Think-Pair-Share:
What are your hopes for critical pedagogy’s role in your instructional practice?
What are your fears abo...
QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION
What questions do you have?
What ideas are you forming?
What fears or struggles have you faced/are ...
REFERENCES
Accardi, Maria T. “Coming out of the spiritual closet.” Librarian Burnout, November 30, 2015.
Accardi, Maria T....
REFERENCES
Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Trans. Myra Bergman Ramos. New York: Continuum, [1970] 2000. [WorldCa...
REFERENCES
Hathcock, April. “You’re Gonna Screw Up.” At The Intersection, April 13, 2016.
hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgr...
REFERENCES
Saunders, Laura. “Re: [acrlframe] “Information has Value” Frame: A “Think About” for the Group.” Post on the ac...
REFERENCES
Witek, Donna, and Teresa Grettano. “Revising for Metaliteracy: Flexible Course Design to Support Social Media P...
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Speaking Truth in Community: The Role of Networks in Critical Pedagogy Theory and Practice

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Presenters: Jeremy McGinniss and Donna Witek
PaLA CRD 2016 Spring Workshop, Scranton, PA, May 20, 2016

Abstract: We are two academic librarians who have been experimenting with critical pedagogical approaches to information literacy and library work, inside and outside of the classroom. Through this work, we have found it essential to approach our professional networks, both online and in-person, as opportunities to practice, question, and learn from these critical approaches. By engaging on multiple platforms with our peers and fellow learners, we have experienced greater success in developing our approach to and thinking about critical pedagogy.

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Speaking Truth in Community: The Role of Networks in Critical Pedagogy Theory and Practice

  1. 1. Speaking Truth in Community The Role of Networks in Critical Pedagogy Theory and Practice #critnetworks Jeremy McGinniss, Summit University of Pennsylvania, @jmymcginniss Donna Witek, The University of Scranton, @donnarosemary PaLA 2016 CRD Spring Workshop Marywood University, Scranton, PA May 20, 2016 CC BY-NC
  2. 2. Experience Action Reflection #critnetworks Context Evaluation From Ignatian Pedagogy: An Abridged Version, 2014.
  3. 3. TODAY’S ACTION What are your expectations and goals for today? #critnetworks
  4. 4. TODAY’S ACTION 3 questions WHAT IS TRUTH? WHAT IS CRITICAL PEDAGOGY? WHAT IS A NETWORK? Experience-Reflection-Action cycle through each question #critnetworks
  5. 5. #critnetworks WHAT IS TRUTH?
  6. 6. “Truth is the engine that drives inquiry. The pursuit of the truth involves a desire to understand what is real and avoid what is false.” (Spears and Loomis, 2009) FRAME #critnetworks
  7. 7. • Social justice in the context of library work • Human flourishing • Introduce small tensions in pursuit of truth EXPERIENCE #critnetworks
  8. 8. • Truth’s relationship to power • Information access and interaction: physical, technological, cognitive, and social (Budd, 2012; Saunders, 2016) What is at stake is our humanity. REFLECTION #critnetworks
  9. 9. External • Engagement in dialogue Internal • Personal responsibility for own learning Both require a commitment to this work, even as we know we will mess it up and get it wrong along the way. (Hathcock, 2016, April 13) ACTION #critnetworks
  10. 10. #critnetworks WHAT IS CRITICAL PEDAGOGY?
  11. 11. “Transformation is key for critical pedagogy, which challenges foundational and universal truths that construe knowledge and reality as static entities transferable from those who understand it to those who do not. . . . critical pedagogy instead positions students and teachers as co-inquisitors in the practice of enacting truth, not finding it.” (Grettano, 2006) FRAME #critnetworks
  12. 12. • Theory and practice → reflection and action • An ethic of justice is an ethic of care (Accardi, 2015, 2016; Hathcock, 2016, March 26) • Listening as an act of justice • Relationships as texts EXPERIENCE #critnetworks
  13. 13. Language as an “act with consequences”: “Be it grand or slender, burrowing, blasting, or refusing to sanctify; whether it laughs out loud or is a cry without an alphabet, the choice word, the chosen silence, unmolested language surges toward knowledge, not its destruction.” (Morrison, 1993) REFLECTION #critnetworks
  14. 14. “An individual’s use of an object, experience, person or event is what turns it into a transitional object. Transitional objects become transitional for us when we use them to creatively put ourselves in relation.” (Ellsworth, 2005) ACTION #critnetworks
  15. 15. #critnetworks WHAT IS A NETWORK?
  16. 16. “Together [digital writing and information literacy] present powerful ways to situate research, knowledge production, and information sharing as ways to engage not simply with isolated bits of information or abstracted ideas, but also with relationships between sources, ideas, and the individuals who create, exchange, and interact with those ideas.” (Baer, 2014) FRAME #critnetworks
  17. 17. • #critlib (Twitter) • #acrlilrevisions #critlib chat (July 2014) • meeting via #critlib chat → NEPaLA 2015 • Hybrid Pedagogy • #digped • In the Library with the Lead Pipe • Library Juice Press / Library Juice Academy EXPERIENCE #critnetworks
  18. 18. • What is the role of networks in human flourishing? • Is a network the same as a community? • How do networks provide a sense of proximity that bridges time and space? REFLECTION #critnetworks
  19. 19. Think-Pair-Share: What are your hopes for critical pedagogy’s role in your instructional practice? What are your fears about critical pedagogy? What are your frustrations with trying and using critical pedagogy in your instruction (or elsewhere)? What connections do you see between critical pedagogy’s goals and information literacy’s goals for our students? How have you pursued them? How does your positioning within your institutional community affect your opportunities for practicing critical pedagogy? ACTION #critnetworks
  20. 20. QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION What questions do you have? What ideas are you forming? What fears or struggles have you faced/are you facing? Thank you for your attention. “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” --Simone Weil (First and Last Notebooks, 1970) #critnetworks
  21. 21. REFERENCES Accardi, Maria T. “Coming out of the spiritual closet.” Librarian Burnout, November 30, 2015. Accardi, Maria T. “Reflections on Minnesota Library Association ARLD Day.” Maria T. Accardi, May 12, 2016. Baer, Andrea. “Keeping Up With... Digital Writing in the College Classroom.” Keeping Up With… Association of College & Research Libraries, April 2014. Baudrillard, Jean. The Transparency of Evil: Essays on Extreme Phenomena. London: Verso, 1993. [WorldCat] Budd, John. “Informational Education: Creating an Understanding of Justice” [paywall]. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice (2012): 1-12. critlib - critlib.org. Drabinski, Emily. “Toward a Kairos of Library Instruction” [paywall]. The Journal of Academic Librarianship 40.5 (2014): 480-485. Ellsworth, Elizabeth Ann. Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy. New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 2005. [WorldCat] #critnetworks
  22. 22. REFERENCES Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Trans. Myra Bergman Ramos. New York: Continuum, [1970] 2000. [WorldCat] Freire, Paulo, and Ana Maria Araújo Freire. Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Trans. Robert R. Barr. New York: Continuum, 1994. [WorldCat] Giroux, Henry A. Theory and Resistance in Education: A Pedagogy for the Opposition. South Hadley, MA: Bergin & Garvey, 1983. [WorldCat] Giroux, Henry A. Border Crossings: Cultural Workers and the Politics of Education. New York: Routledge, 1992. [WorldCat] Giroux, Henry A. On Critical Pedagogy. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2011. [WorldCat] Grettano, Teresa. “Pedagogy Synthesis.” Submitted in partial fulfillment of qualifying exam for PhD program in English Studies, Illinois State University, December 20, 2006. Hathcock, April. “My Radicalism, My Faith.” At The Intersection, March 26, 2016. #critnetworks
  23. 23. REFERENCES Hathcock, April. “You’re Gonna Screw Up.” At The Intersection, April 13, 2016. hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education As the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge, 1994. [WorldCat] Ignatian Pedagogy: An Abridged Version [PDF]. Jesuit Institute, 2014. “Jesuit Tradition.” The University of Scranton [Vision and Mission]. Kumbier, Alana. Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2014. [WorldCat] Liston, Daniel Patrick, and James W. Garrison. Teaching, Learning, and Loving: Reclaiming Passion in Educational Practice. New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004. [WorldCat] McLaren, Peter. Life in Schools: An Introduction to Critical Pedagogy in the Foundations of Education. New York: Longman, 1989. [WorldCat] Morrison, Toni. “Toni Morrison - Nobel Lecture.” Nobelprize.org, December 7, 1993. #critnetworks
  24. 24. REFERENCES Saunders, Laura. “Re: [acrlframe] “Information has Value” Frame: A “Think About” for the Group.” Post on the acrlframe email listserv via American Library Association, April 24, 2016. Schroeder, Robert. Critical Journeys: How 14 Librarians Came to Embrace Critical Practice. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2014. [WorldCat] Shor, Ira. Empowering Education: Critical Teaching for Social Change. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. [WorldCat] Spears, Paul D., and Steven R. Loomis. Education for Human Flourishing: A Christian Perspective. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009. [WorldCat] Weil, Simone. First and Last Notebooks. London: Oxford University Press, 1970. [WorldCat] Witek, Donna. “Making the Information Literacy ‘One-Shot’ Ignatian.” Information Constellation, August 18, 2015. Witek, Donna. “Becoming #critlib.” Information Constellation, December 15, 2015. #critnetworks
  25. 25. REFERENCES Witek, Donna, and Teresa Grettano. “Revising for Metaliteracy: Flexible Course Design to Support Social Media Pedagogy.” In Metaliteracy in Practice, eds. Trudi E. Jacobson and Thomas P. Mackey. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2016. 1-22. [WorldCat] Journals: Hybrid Pedagogy In the Library with the Lead Pipe Publishers: Library Juice Press Hashtags via Twitter: #critlib / #digped / #libleadgender / #radlibchat #critnetworks

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