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Learning Styles and Critical Thinking in Library Instruction

March 19, 2011

On March 11, PaLA’s Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) held its spring workshop, “Learning Styles and Critical Thinking in Library Instruction” at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA. The workshop was partially funded by LSTA funds via CRD.

The event was an informative and interactive experience facilitated by the keynote speaker Dr. Dolores Fidishun, the Head Librarian at Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies and Penn State Abington, and presenter Mr. Calvin Wang, Sciences and Reference Librarian at Arcadia University.

Dr. Fidishun focused on learning style theory and demonstrated practical techniques to improve student learning and responsiveness during library instruction. She offered teaching techniques such as the use of:  pictures, text, charts, and graphs for visual learners; verbal explanations, the Socratic method, brainstorming, and mnemonics for auditory learners; and hands-on activities, colored markers, toys to play with, as well as frequent stretch breaks for kinesthetic learners.

Mr. Wang discussed targeted critical thinking by the “Effective Use of Critical Thinking Activities.” His presentation focused on “applying the right activity for the right knowledge to the right population at the right time under the right circumstances.”  He explained critical thinking in detail and demonstrated scope, sequencing, and strategies such as focused associations.

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  1. March 7, 2012 1:06 pm

    how pleasing to see a report on the practical effects of teaching in a way that can be grasped by both ASL and VSL students. The present paradigm favours ASL and fails to adapt to the learning styles of VSLs.
    Keep up the good work

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