A Course and Syllabus Review of ALA-Accredited Master’s Programs: Focus on Education for Library Instruction
This study follows a historical trend of assessing ALA-accredited library school curricula for the presence of coursework related to library instruction. A web review was conducted, analyzing class offerings for courses focused on library instruction. Course syllabi were also assessed for indications of particular topic areas including: classroom management, understanding student perspectives, ability to apply information literacy competencies, development of instructional materials, assessment of student learning, collegial partnerships and leadership skills. Results indicate that more than 60% of professional library schools offer a full-semester course related to library instruction. While theory, practice and evaluation of library instruction are widely taught, syllabi analysis indicates a need for students to obtain actual teaching experience through practicums or field experience. It is also evident that greater emphasis needs to be placed on the formation of collegial partnerships and leadership in the classroom.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:library instruction curricula schools professional education
Date of Publication:11/21/2005