Facilitating adult learning: the role of the academic librarian
Currie, C. Lyn
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This paper considers the instructional role of the academic librarian and examines the contribution adult learning theory makes to the practice of teaching information literacy skills. It explores those principles of effective practice in facilitating adult learning which apply to the teaching-learning transactions in the library. It describes the aim of facilitation as one of encouraging self directed, empowered adults and confirms the role of the academic librarian in facilitating the development of critical thinking, creative problem-solving and informed decision making in adult learners. It also examines the concept of information literacy and how this contributes to adult lifelong learning.
CitationReference Librarian, v.33, nos. 69/70, Spring/Summer 2000, 219-231
adult learning, facilitation, self directed learning, information literacy, lifelong learning