Teaching to Individual Differences in Science and Engineering Librarianship: Adapting Library Instruction to Learning Styles and Personality Characteristics applies learning styles and personality characteristics to science and engineering library instruction. After introducing the idea that individuals tend to choose college majors and occupations in alignment with their learning style and personality characteristics, the book presents background on the Kolb Learning Styles model, the 16 PF (Personality Factor) framework, and the Big Five/Narrow Traits personality framework. It then reviews extant knowledge on the learning styles and personality characteristics of scientists, engineers and librarians.
Next, the book considers general approaches to the personalization of instruction to learning styles and personality characteristics, opportunities for such personalization in science and engineering library instruction, and science and engineering librarian attitudes towards, and approaches to, this type of personalization of instruction.
- Considers teaching and individual differences within science and engineering librarianship
- Offers a balanced and critical account of the adaptation of library instruction to learning styles and personality characteristics
- Cites the dynamic instruction/adaptive teaching literature
- Discusses opportunities and suggestions for incorporating personalization into science and engineering library instruction
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1. Individual Differences 2. Learning Styles 3. Personality Frameworks 4. Personality Traits and Learning Styles of Librarians, Scientists, and Engineers 5. The Matching Approach 6. Reasons for Not Matching Instruction to Individual Differences 7. Results of Survey 8. Applications 9. Self-Reflection as a Way of Improving Instruction 10. Personality and Competencies for Engineering Students and Information Literacy 11. Conclusion
Jeanine Mary Williamson is the Engineering Librarian and a Professor at the University of Tennessee Libraries (Knoxville, TN, USA). Jeanine learned a Master of Library Service at the University of Alabama and a PhD in Information Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
She has conducted several research studies of the personality characteristics of librarians and engineers as well as studies in the field of science and engineering librarianship published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship