Creative Reflection: The Critical Practice of Stepping Back
Reflective practice is the process of actively observing, understanding, and shaping pedagogy. Its associated skills include developing individual insight into the impact and practice of education through critical analysis, instructional design, theoretical grounding, and dialogue with peer educators. Also integral is gathering insight into the learner experience through meaningful assessment. Less often discussed is the role of creativity, experimentation, learner engagement, and the disruption of ingrained teaching habits and/or narratives; this keynote will explore strategies for cultivating a more holistic reflective practice in service of enriching and diversifying one’s teaching.
Early riser, oceanite, and advocate of critical reflective practice, Char Booth explores the intersection of pedagogy, activism, and design in libraries. Char is Associate Dean of the University Library at California State University San Marcos, an institution with a strong commitment to social justice and educating minoritized learners. Char was previously the Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library and has held positions at the University of California at Berkeley and Ohio University. A faculty member of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute, Char’s publications include the Ilene F. Rockman Award-winning Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators (ALA Editions) and Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies (ACRL).