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Newbie Dispatches (Ep. VI)- Critical Instruction Theory with Dr. Alana Kumbier

9 July 2010 8,935 views One Comment

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In this cast we discuss a variety of topics including the meaning of critical instruction and why it is relevant to library instruction, what it looks like in practice, and how we learn to teach as new librarians.

For more information about Dr. Kumbier’s education and work experience, you can review her CV or, if you have follow up questions, you can contact her directly at akumbier[@]wellesley.edu.

Dr. Alana Kumbier’s CV

In the meantime, Dr. Kumbier has provided us with the following list of recommended readings for those of you who are interested in learning more.

Suggested reading:

Accardi, M. T., Drabinski, E. and Kumbier, A. (2010). Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods. Duluth, Minn: Library Juice Press.

Darder, A., Baltodano, M. P., & Torres, R. D. (2008). The Critical Pedagogy Reader: Second Edition (2nd ed.). Routledge.

Elmborg, J. (2006). Critical information literacy: Implications for institutional practice. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 32(2), 192-199.

Freire, P. (2000). Pedagogy of the Oppressed (30th ed.). New York: Continuum.

hooks, b. (1994). Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge.

Luke, A., & Kapitzke, C. (1999). Literacies and libraries — Archives and cybraries. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 7(3), 467-491.

Radical Teacher: A Socialist, Feminist, and Anti-Racist Journal on the Theory and Practice of Teaching.  Shapiro, J., & Hughes, S. (1996). Information literacy as a liberal art. Educom Review, 31(2).

Shor, I. (1996). When Students Have Power: Negotiating Authority in a Critical Pedagogy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Simmons, M. H. (2005). Librarians as disciplinary discourse mediators. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 5(3), 297-311.

Be sure to check back regularly for future casts on conference updates, research in progress, and professional development workshops.

We hope you find it useful. —Megan and Kiyomi

Don’t forget: suggestions for podcast topics are accepted and most welcome. Feel free to use the comment page to send us your request.

One Comment »

  • Julie Brewer said:

    Great interview! I look forward to hearing more from Dr. Kumbier at NDLC later this week. -jbrewer

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