Framework Spotlight on Scholarship: Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts, eds. Bravender, McClure, and Schaub

This week’s Spotlight on Scholarship features the book Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians (WorldCat), edited by Patricia Bravender, Hazel McClure, and Gayle Schaub, and published in 2015 by ACRL in Chicago, IL.

This book is a compendium of lesson plan ideas for teaching the six frames of the Framework through the lens of threshold concepts, authored by colleagues in the professional library instruction community. The book begins with an editors’ preface that shares the book’s origins and goal of entering and engaging the professional conversation about conceptual teaching; this is a conversation that has arisen in the wake of recent experiments in applying threshold concept theory to information literacy learning and the development of the Framework which was influenced by this approach. The book’s introduction explains the theoretical framework within which the lesson plans are situated, and outlines the consistent structure that each lesson plan shares. The book is then divided into six chapters, each devoted to a conceptual frame, and each containing an introduction that describes the meaning of the concept and introduces the lessons that follow. Chapters contain anywhere from three (“Information Creation as a Process”) to ten (“Searching as Strategic Exploration”) lessons that address that chapter’s frame, as well as a section that maps which lessons address multiple frames, an appendix containing lesson plan handouts and the text of the Framework, and a recommended reading list. The editors of this volume have curated a strong collection of concrete examples of these conceptual frames in the instructional context, making it a valuable tool for practitioners looking for inspiration in how to put one of the Framework’s underlying theories into practice.

Patricia Bravender is Liaison Librarian to Professional Programs, Hazel McClure is Liaison Librarian to Liberal Arts Programs, and Gayle Schaub is Liaison Librarian to Liberal Arts Programs, all at Grand Valley State University Libraries.

The “Framework Spotlight on Scholarship” column is a weekly post series highlighting scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.