Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Compliance
The promise of critical pedagogy lies in its capacity to change lives–our own and those of our students–as we try new ways of thinking and teaching that challenge systems of power that privilege some and not others. In the last ten years, critical pedagogy has moved from the margins to the center, most clearly in its influence on the new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. Frames like Information has Value and Authority is Constructed have long been tenets of critical voices in the field, voices that can now be heard emanating from the center of our professional lives. And yet, critical approaches to teaching and learning face acute challenges from a higher education environment that increasingly values teaching and learning by the numbers, tying everything from accreditation to book budgets to quantifiable outcomes. In this talk, Emily Drabinski will explore these tensions and offer thoughts on how we can change the world while keeping our jobs.
Emily Drabinski is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn. She is the co-editor of Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010) and sits on the board of Radical Teacher, a journal of feminist, socialist, and anti-racist teaching practice. Drabinski also edits the book series Gender & Sexuality in Information Studies for Library Juice Press/Litwin Books.