Teaching Philosophy

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”
by Jacob Bronowski

Abstract

I maintain a strong commitment to teaching, because I enjoy doing it and because I believe that a sound Library and Information Science education helps students develop into well informed and active advocates for a profession that is constantly changing. My teaching is based on knowledge that results from work experiences balanced with pedagogical innovative research. I aim to complicate, rather than simplify the information discourse in class. I encourage students’ intuition, personal and social experiences to be applied in the classroom, to their studies and reflected in their work. My objectives when constructing syllabi, giving lectures, or facilitating discussions, are to expand students’ understanding of an issue and the myriad interests, ideas, and insights that underlie it. I seek to nurture students’ critical abilities by using different approaches to teaching. Moreover, because the classroom is an ever-changing space with new students, topics, and challenges, I remain flexible to changing classroom dynamics and students’ individual learning needs. Learning and teaching are essential and invigorating aspects of my intellectual life.

For more information please view my Statement of Teaching Philosophy

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