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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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Thursday, August 8 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Framework-Friendly Assessment: Learning How Students Construct Authority

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While the transition from the Standards to the Framework has had an exciting impact on instruction and practice in colleges and universities, the development of the dispositions and knowledge practices described by the Framework is more challenging to assess. This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to employ a Framework-friendly assessment tool that directly addresses the concept that “Authority is Constructed and Contextual” by analyzing sources using a taxonomy composed of three interrelated facets. The presenters will begin by demonstrating the tool’s potential power, briefly sharing data from a new, multi-site study that utilizes this taxonomy, and that builds on an initial pilot study, the results of which have been accepted for publication in the April 2019 issue of College & Research Libraries.  The presentation will then address how participants can employ the taxonomy at their own institution -- the workshop is conducted using a "gradual release of responsibility" pedagogical approach that models the use of the taxonomy and subsequently guides participants until they are able to employ it themselves, independently and confidently.  Ultimately, participants will leave the workshop ready to return to their own institutions and make use of a tool designed for engaging in internal library assessment to improve understanding of student work, for creating opportunities for more thoughtful engagement with faculty, and for improving their instructional practices so that students are equipped to evaluate 21st century sources. 

1) Participants will be able to articulate what insights into student research are possible with the use of the faceted taxonomy.  2) Participants will be able to accurately classify unfamiliar source materials using the faceted taxonomy.  3) Participants will be able to articulate at least one potential application for the faceted taxonomy at their current institution. 


Mary Thill

Northeastern Illinois University
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Master of Library Science Program, MTSU

Middle Tennessee State University
Graduate Education in Librarianship

James Rosenzweig

Education Librarian, Eastern Washington University

Thursday August 8, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm PDT
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