Analyzing the Knowledge Practices of the ACRL Framework (Part IV)

I have to say, the “Research as Inquiry” frame is much better in terms of visible knowledge than the previous frames I analyzed.

Things to think about: In order to move the knowledge practices beyond the realm of traditional learning (and cognitive) processes, we have to look at the big picture. What does the cognitive process look like in practice? Not only at the end of a class or semester, but at the end of the student’s college career. How will it be cultivated within a community of practice that includes both students and mentors (e.g., librarians, scholars)?

Research as Inquiry

Knowledge Practice

IL Facet Knowing in Action

Instructional Strategies

Formulate questions for research based on information gaps or on reexamination of existing, possibly conflicting, information; Ways of Thinking; Problem Solving; Communication This is knowing in action when students verbalize or record their research questions (not as a single exercise, but through continuous practice). Think Sheets or graphic organizers can guide students through this knowledge practice. Librarians should model the process through think alouds.
Determine an appropriate scope of investigation; Ways of Thinking; Problem Solving I think this should be combined with the KP below. See below.
Deal with complex research by breaking complex questions into simple ones, limiting the scope of investigations;

use various research methods, based on need, circumstance, and type of inquiry;

Information Technology Fluency; Ways of Thinking;

Problem Solving;

Communication

This is knowing in action, and should be evident in students’ research output (e.g., projects, papers) Scaffolding and continuous feedback, along with an emphasis on the iterative process of research, can help students successfully navigate this KP.
Monitor gathered information and assess for gaps or weaknesses; Ways of Thinking; Problem Solving Identify and fill in any gaps or missing information during the research process. This KP calls for metacognitive strategies that help students critically reflect on the big picture of research, and on their actions during that process. Think Sheets (guiding questions) and feedback are necessary strategies. And to really foster this KP, librarians should adopt a mentoring attitude (rather than a directive one).
Organize information in meaningful ways; Ways of Thinking;

Problem Solving; Communication

This is knowing in action, and should be evident in both the planning and output of a student’s research. Concept mapping and graphic organizers are just two strategies that help students visualize this process.
Synthesize ideas gathered from multiple sources; Ways of Thinking;

Communication

This is knowing in action, and should be evident in students’ research output (e.g., projects, papers). Synthesizing information is something that many students struggle with, and I think one of the best strategies is chunking the process into small bites. For example, it’s much easier to introduce this KP with a one-page or one-paragraph writing exercise, rather than waiting on the “big” assignment. Collaborating with classroom instructors is key.
Draw reasonable conclusions based on the analysis and interpretation of information. Ways of Thinking;

Problem Solving; Communication

This is knowing in action, and should be evident in students’ research output (e.g., projects, papers). Prerequisite knowledge practices are analyzing and interpreting information based on the norms of a specific discipline. This is critical literacy.

 

Advertisements

One thought on “Analyzing the Knowledge Practices of the ACRL Framework (Part IV)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s