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Teaching at the Desk: Toward a Reference Pedagogy
portal: Libraries and the Academy (2002)
  • James K. Elmborg, University of Iowa
This article proposes that we use constructivist learning theory—primarily composition theory—to develop a pedagogy for the reference desk. This approach implies that reference is a form of teaching, and that to maximize their educational effectiveness, academic librarians need to approach reference transactions as academic conferences where teaching and learning take place.
  • academic libraries,
  • libraries and education,
  • reference services
Publication Date
July, 2002
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Citation Information
James K. Elmborg. "Teaching at the Desk: Toward a Reference Pedagogy" portal: Libraries and the Academy Vol. 2 Iss. 3 (2002)
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