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Mapping Our Values Across the Curriculum: A Social Justice Oriented Program at a Liberal Arts University: Home

Gregory, L. & Higgins, S. (2016, October). Mapping our values across the curriculum: A social justice oriented program at a liberal arts university. Poster presented at the annual European Conference on Information Literacy, Prague, Czech Republic.

ACRL Framework + ALA Core Value = Social Justice Oriented IL Learning Outcomes

Research as Inquiry (Maps to Intellectual Freedom, Social Responsibility, and Education & Lifelong Learning)

Students will learn to…

  • use the research process to identify and explore societal needs and issues in their disciplines, or across disciplines
  • seek multiple perspectives during information gathering in order to draw from the diversity of human experiences
  • reflect on the critical problems of society in order to develop research questions that address those issues and needs

Scholarship as Conversation (Maps to Democracy, Diversity, and Intellectual Freedom)

Students will learn to…

  • develop  familiarity with modes of discourse in order to join conversations while circumventing systems of privilege
  • engage in inclusive citation practices in order to resist normative structures that privilege certain voices and information over others [Connects w/ Information Has Value]

Authority is Constructed and Contextual (Maps to Democracy, Diversity, and Social Responsibility

Students will learn to…

  • question, and remain skeptical of, authority in order to remain open to new perspectives and a range of voices
  • recognize that particular systems construct authority and the information created by it
  • cultivate a critical approach in order to recognize and actively resist/subvert authoritative systems that privilege certain kinds of sources or views over others [Connects w/ Scholarship as Conversation]

Searching as Strategic Exploration (Maps to Access, Diversity, and Intellectual  Freedom)

Students will learn to…

  • examine how search systems and languages are constructed in order to understand the flaws and biases built into those information systems and vocabularies
  • make use of functions/options of search systems in order to preserve their confidentiality and privacy and resist monetization of personal information [Connects w/ Information has Value]

Information Has Value (Maps to Access, Democracy, The Public Good, Social Responsibility, and Confidentiality/Privacy)

Students will learn to…

  • to create, distribute, and use information as a means to effect change
  • use positions of information privilege in order to make information more equitably accessible and/or available
  • understand how and why individuals or groups are systematically marginalized and create, or be aware of, alternative sources and systems that support inclusive representation

Learning outcomes handout prepared for the European Conference on Information Literacy, Prague, CZ, 2016