The Difference between Teach and Show in the Library
2017 (English)In: Abstract book. NERA 2017. Learning and education - material conditions and consequences. Copenhangen, Denmark, 23-25 March, 2017, 2017, 663Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Research topic/Aim: The aim is to illuminate the pedagogical role of librarians teaching and supporting students learning of seeking information with aim to deepen their thesis and to examine the two concepts ‘teach’ and ‘show’ which both university lecturers and librarians do. Theoretical frameworks: The theoretical starting point in our discussion of pedagogy and librarians, concepts and ways of seeing and explaining things, is based on the phenomenological method of understanding the world. Methodology/research design: There are two studies included in the paper, both are based on qualitative interviews and observations. Expected conclusions/Findings: The studies show two interesting things, firstly there is a problem in the relationship between university lecturer and librarians, as an embarrassment, secondly it reveals differences between showing and teaching. Teaching is about to explain, and explain how to understand something, ie, trying to convey a way of relating to attain knowledge. But what is to show, and what are the differences between them? Perhaps it is so that a lot of the lecturer’s activities with the students also have the character of to show rather than to teach. Often, lecturers have to show students how to use word processing, how to search in databases, how to use Dropbox and Google Docs, etc., to make documents available to each other. These things we are showing, students todays often lacking knowledge about. It seems that both librarians as lecturers and teachers both teach and show in their respective businesses. Both categories performing both teaching and showing. Probably teach teachers more and show less and vice versa for librarians. But many librarians still teach more than they show. To continue to develop librarians teaching work, there are several approaches. The Department of Education (UTV) in Härnösand Mid Sweden University, conduct a development project to give information seeking a deeper role in teacher education programs, together with the University Library. University librarians at Mid Sweden University Library has developed a plan of progression with the aim to give information retrieval, educational media monitoring, reference management and source criticism, should run as a red thread through the hole teaching training education. Course coordinating teachers have worked to develop elements in the courses where these above-‐mentioned parts in the plan of progression in one way or another are included. We think that a teacher and a librarian carry out students' first education in information seeking together. Together, university teachers and librarians can provide support for the students at their first meeting with information retrieval. We see it as important that the education of students in information retrieval is cross-‐border cooperation between teachers and librarians. Relevance for Nordic Educational Research: The subject has a Swedish educational context and is concerning student teaching situations at Swedish universities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Education, Librarian, Lecturer, Show, Teaching, Librarian programme
Research subject Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61713DiVA: diva2:1084559
NERA 2017, the 45th Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association. Copenhagen, Denmark, 23-25 March 2017
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