POGIL and IL: Paired Pedagogies

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CONFERENCE: Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

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Information literacy; POGIL; teamwork; lifelong learning; accountability; collaboration; Curriculum and Instruction; Education; Information Literacy; Interior Architecture; Library and Information Science
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POGIL and IL paired pedagogies Interior design learning domains include a strong foci on life safety and building codes (LSBC), teamwork, information literacy (IL) and lifelong learning. However, instructors remain stymied by developing pedagogies that engage student interest in LSBC, and resistance to teaming is entrenched. Furthermore, students unexposed to IL and credible disciplinary resourcing techniques may be ill prepared for the practice. Case-study In a senior design studio with heavy LSBC content, faculty ascertained student benefits from a team-based study model employing POGIL (Process-Oriented Guided Instructional Learning) as a pathway to improving disciplinary IL and exemplary of lifelong learning. Based on constructivist pedagogical principles, POGIL is structured peer-to-peer learning through small group exercises, interaction and problem solving. The POGIL process empowers students to apply their understanding to new problems (Pennino, 2006). The pedagogical framework of IL requires students to define the research question and embark on guided information-seeking methods (Mitchell & Hiatt, 2010). In the studio course, teams were presented with a question/scenario and supplied with links to online LSBC. They were required to locate suitable sources of information, to interpret and discuss applications, and to propose solutions. Students practiced team-based information exploration and problem solving, and utilized discipline-specific IL resource and analysis skills. Outcomes The collaborative studio created opportunities for meta-cognition and peer evaluation, with assessment based on valuable contributions to the team. Researchers conclude that IL practice in the studio using POGIL skills could translate to efficacy in a profession that values teamwork , accountability and operational IL.