Asking questions in the classroom: An exploration of tools and techniques used in the library instruction classroom

Sara Maurice Whitver, Leo Lo

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Abstract

This study explores the tools and techniques used within the library instruction classroom to facilitate a conversation about teaching practices. Researchers focused on the questioning methods employed by librarians, specifically the number of questions asked by librarians and students. This study was comprised of classroom observations of a team of librarians working towards standardized learning outcomes; members of the team had the freedom to independently develop lesson plans and choose teaching approaches for each class. Observations measured the frequency of questions asked of and answered by librarians and students in library instruction sessions via oral discussion, worksheets, and polling. Researchers also noted the use of visual aids and storytelling as tools to engage students in conversation. The variety of tools and techniques observed in this study indicate that librarians exercise a great amount of autonomy in the classroom while working towards standardized learning outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-203
Number of pages19
JournalCommunications in Information Literacy
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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In: Communications in Information Literacy, Vol. 11, No. 1, 01.01.2017, p. 185-203.

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