“What shapes academic librarians’ conceptions of their teaching practices?” An invitation to participate in research


If you’re interested please email me at eveline.houtman@utoronto.ca and I can send you more detailed information.

 Purpose of the research: This is a qualitative research project that aims to explore what shapes academic librarians’ conceptions of their teaching practices.  I understand conceptions of teaching as individually held constructs that develop in relation to the context (both physical and social) and the librarian’s experiences (such as personal biography and identity; formal and informal learning; classroom teaching). My assumption in conducting this research, grounded in the education research and in my own experience, is that how librarians think about their teaching affects what they do in their teaching, which in turn affects their students’ learning. I hope to construct an analytical framework that will inform practice and further research while staying close to the perspectives of teaching librarians.

About me: I am a librarian at the University of Toronto. I am also a part-time Ph.D. student. I am conducting this study towards a doctoral degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

What you would be asked to do:

  1. Participate in two virtual interviews (via Skype or VSee), approximately one hour each. The interviews will be scheduled at your convenience, with a gap of weeks or months between interviews.

Interview 1: Exploring personal experiences and contexts – tentatively scheduled May-July

Interview 2: Focusing on your teaching practice (I’ll ask you to choose a class or online tutorial to talk about) & Follow-up to Interview 1- tentatively scheduled June-October.

2. Take the Teaching Perspectives Inventory (http://www.teachingperspectives.com/tpi/), as a prompt for reflection and discussion in Interview 2. The TPI is a free, online, anonymous instrument that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. I will not ask to see your results.

3. Optionally, provide me with teaching materials from your chosen class/online tutorial, e.g. lesson plan, slides, handouts, assessment instruments, link to a research guide. Also welcome is other documentation related to teaching, e.g. a statement of your teaching philosophy (if one exists). These materials are meant to enrich the discussion. They will not be published in my thesis or made public in any other way.

This study has been approved by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board.




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