Navigation Links
Teaching communication and information literacy skills
Date:8/29/2010

MADISON, WI, August 30th, 2010 Undergrads often take communication courses unrelated to their major or discipline. The Iowa State University Department of Horticulture teamed up with the Library and English Departments to develop a course section to teach students to research and understand literature searchers and incorporate them into papers and posters.

Andrea L. Dinkelman, Jeanine E. Aune, and Gail R. Nonnecke, Iowa State University faculty from the library and the Departments of English and Horticulture, developed the section in an required undergraduate foundation English communication course. A description of the collaboration was published in the 2010 Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, published by the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.

The course section was designed for horticulture majors. Undergraduates often do not see the relevance of required English to their major. Communication and information literacy skills were taught in the context of Horticulture. The faculty collaboration has been ongoing since spring 2006.

First, the librarian instructs students about how to find and evaluate information sources. During the course of the semester, students complete an annotated bibliography and a research paper. At the end of the semester, the students redesign their research paper into a poster. The horticulture faculty review and provide feedback on the research papers, and they also attend and evaluate the posters at the poster session.

Additionally, the horticulture faculty serves as guest lecturers in the English course. They reinforce the importance of knowing how to search for and critically evaluate information.

Based on feedback, both students and horticulture faculty value and appreciate this teaching approach. With regards to the library instruction component of the course, the majority of students reported that the quality of the annotated bibliography and research paper were better because of the librarian's input and involvement. The majority of students also said that they were confident they knew how to find and evaluate information.

Comments from a student focus group indicate that students valued the input they received from horticulture faculty on assignments, and they enjoyed interacting with the faculty at the poster session.

"Horticulture faculty appreciated the chance to encourage students throughout their writing and presentation and to imitate the professional review process," said Gail Nonnecke.

In order for students to continue to develop their communication and information literacy skills, discipline faculty is encouraged to incorporate assignments throughout the curriculum that expand on the development of these skills. Faculty is urged to continue to collaborate with the English department and a librarian to design assignments that incorporate these skills.

"It is my perception that students are more engaged and invested in this class than in regular communication classes because the content is in their area of interest and their subject professors are personally involved," remarked Jeanine Aune.

Because of the success of this model, other academic disciplines at Iowa State University, such as agricultural and biosystems engineering, agronomy, genetics, and microbiology, have established similar partnerships with the English department and the library.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sara Uttech
suttech@sciencesocieties.org
608-268-4948
American Society of Agronomy
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. NSF grant to launch undergrads from Case Western Reserve into math and science teaching
2. New manual presents robust, state-of-the-art proteomics methods for teaching and research
3. Describing soils: Calibration tool for teaching soil rupture resistance
4. Clemson chemists present revolutionary teaching concepts
5. K-State plant pathologists develop online teaching modules used globally
6. UAB professors book promises solution for teaching evolution without conflict
7. Physical education teaching staff play key role in making you like sport
8. American Sociological Association launches first-of-its-kind teaching tool
9. Ethical issues ignored in teaching, research of sustainability
10. Researchers study acoustic communication in deep-sea fish
11. Stabilizing force for good communication between neurons and muscle cells found
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/22/2016)... Md. , June 22, 2016  The American College ... Trade Show Executive Magazine as one of the ... on May 25-27 at the Bellagio in Las ... on the highest percentage of growth in each of the ... of exhibiting companies and number of attendees. The 2015 ACMG ...
(Date:6/16/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO , June 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Market size is expected to reach USD ... report by Grand View Research, Inc. Technological proliferation ... and banking applications are expected to drive the ... ) , The development of ...
(Date:6/3/2016)... 3, 2016 Das ... Nepal hat ein 44 ... geprägter Kennzeichen, einschließlich Personalisierung, Registrierung und IT-Infrastruktur, ... Produktion und Implementierung von Identitätsmanagementlösungen. Zahlreiche renommierte ... Januar teilgenommen, aber Decatur wurde als konformste ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... TOKYO , June 24, 2016  Regular discussions on ... to take place between the two entities said Poloz. ... in Ottawa , he pointed to the ... and the federal government. ... Poloz said, "Both institutions have common economic goals, why not ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... WI (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... supplements, is pleased to announce the launch of their brand, UP4™ Probiotics, into ... for over 35 years, is proud to add Target to its list of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Charm Sciences, Inc. is ... has received AOAC Research Institute approval 061601. , “This is another AOAC-RI approval ... Bob Salter, Vice President of Regulatory and Industrial Affairs. “The Peel Plate methods ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... OTTAWA, ON (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... former DNA Technical Leader at the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, has joined STACS DNA ... joining the STACS DNA team,” said Jocelyn Tremblay, President and COO of STACS DNA. ...
Breaking Biology Technology: