The context of authority and sociological knowledge: An experiential learning project

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Stephanie Crowe (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Abstract: In this innovative project, a social sciences librarian partnered with a sociology professor to embed the “Authority is Constructed and Contextual” frame into an upper-division sociology of poverty course. Students in this course participated in an experiential learning project, collaborating with local children on a participatory photo mapping project to document the children’s neighborhood. By working directly with community members in this field experience, the students gained an understanding of the differences between scholarly authority and community authority and what can be learned about poverty from each type of source. Engagement with a local community provides students with a direct understanding of the contextual nature of cognitive authority and can be replicated in a variety of settings.

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Waity, J. F., & Crowe, S. (2019). The Context of Authority and Sociological Knowledge: An Experiential Learning Project. Communications in Information Literacy, 13 (1), 61-74.
Language: English
Date: 2019
Experiential learning, Authority, Cognitive authority, ACRL framework--authority is constructed and contextual, Sociology, Partnership, Collaboration
Experiential learning
Association of College and Reference Libraries (U.S.)
Teaching teams
ACRL framework, authority is constructed and contextual

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