Asking Questions in the Classroom: An Exploration of Tools and Techniques Used in the Library Instruction Classroom

Communications in Information Literacy. 2017;11(1):185-203 DOI 10.15760/comminfolit.2017.11.1.41


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Journal Title: Communications in Information Literacy

ISSN: 1933-5954 (Print)

Publisher: Communications in Information Literacy

LCC Subject Category: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources: Information resources (General)

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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Sara Maurice Whitver (The University of Alabama Libraries)

Leo S. Lo (Old Dominion University)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This study explores the tools and techniques used within the library instruction classroom to facilitate a conversation about teaching practices. Researchers focused on the questioning methods employed by librarians, specifically the number of questions asked by librarians and students. This study was comprised of classroom observations of a team of librarians working towards standardized learning outcomes; members of the team had the freedom to independently develop lesson plans and choose teaching approaches for each class. Observations measured the frequency of questions asked of and answered by librarians and students in library instruction sessions via oral discussion, worksheets, and polling. Researchers also noted the use of visual aids and storytelling as tools to engage students in conversation. The variety of tools and techniques observed in this study indicate that librarians exercise a great amount of autonomy in the classroom while working towards standardized learning outcomes.