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Title:Giving thanks to… a sentipensante assignment
Author(s):Hartel, Jenna
Subject(s):Library and information science education
Contemplative pedagogy
Assignment design
Innovation
Gratitude
Sentipensante
Abstract:Giving Thanks to… is a novel assignment for students of Library and Information Science (LIS). It was recently implemented for the first time in a course on information behavior, but could potentially enhance learning in any domain. Inspired by contemplative pedagogy (Hart, 2004), the assignment encourages “sentipensante” (Rendón, 2011), that is, a balance of mind and heart. In a nutshell, students write an informed and heartfelt thank you message to a scholar of information behavior whose work is not yet canonical, affirming their contribution to the literature. Once placed into the mail, these bespoke missives are microaffections (Burklo, 2016) that socially construct a more appreciative and inclusive space withing our field. This paper presents the educational context, the assignment’s main components, example outcomes, student feedback, and the instructor’s reflections. To conclude, links are provided to an online exhibition about the project and to detailed assignment guidelines that other educators may borrow.
Issue Date:2021-09-20
Series/Report:Pedagogy
Students
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/110936
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17


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