I’ve been involved recently in an initiative to draw up a baseline offer for the Library’s teaching provision embedded in Schools' courses. An obvious starting place for my librarian colleagues when outlining their provision was to decide which of the various information literacy models to use as a basis: SCONUL’s 7 Pillars (a popular ‘home’ … Continue reading A Curriculum for Study Skills?
One of the central tenets of Learning Development is that the skills we teach aren't generic, but take different forms according to the discipline - hence 'academic literacies' are spoken of in the plural. It's also surely true that these skills vary according to the level of study - that everything from academic writing and … Continue reading Tailoring for levels of study
Discipline. I'm not, for once, talking about subject discipline, but actual classroom management, dealing with disruptive student behaviour. I don't know if this is one of those issues that raises its head about this time every year (isn't it getting dark early? aren't students getting more badly behaved?), or whether it's genuinely getting worse, but … Continue reading Discipline specific
I don't care about writing. For someone with a degree in Modern Languages, who heads something called the Writing Development Centre, who loves literature and language and who winces at grocer's apostrophe's, that's a pretty bold statement. Many students and academic staff expect that a major part of my role is to be the Grammar … Continue reading The Danger of the Comfort Zone
Last time, I blogged about what the balance should be between the What (the knowledge and content) and the How (the skills) in training, particularly in respect of the one-to-one training I'm putting together for Learning Developers. I looked at what the What might be - the expert knowledge that we possess that we pass … Continue reading Training – the How of LD
A while ago I wrote a post for our Newcastle Writing Development Centre blog which unpicked something that had been troubling me in a lot of the study skills advice I'd been reading. Advice which sounded full of good sense and very appealing, but which on closer inspection didn't seem to offer any concrete benefits, … Continue reading Study Skills Snake Oil
Back in the mists of time, when my research field was medieval mystical literature for laywomen (alright, so not exactly what my school careers adviser would have wanted for me), two of the key concepts I would encounter in the accounts of those fourteenth-century mystically inclined writers were The Cloud of Unknowing and the Dark Night … Continue reading A Mystical Strategy for Research Projects