ACRL Instruction Section Research and Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the publication of its annual list of “Five Things You Should Read About…” a current topic relevant to library instruction. This year, the committee chose to focus on Asset-Based Teaching.
Asset-based teaching seeks to unlock students’ potential by focusing on their talents. Also known as strengths-based teaching, this approach contrasts with the more common deficit-based style of teaching which highlights students’ inadequacies. By building on strengths students already possess, asset-based teaching seeks to create lifelong learners who are confident in their abilities to master new skills. The committee selected a book, articles, and online tutorial to help familiarize library professionals with this approach to instruction and provide tools to incorporate into their teaching.