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Toolkit: Research as Inquiry- Dispositions


"Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field." ACRL Framework

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Learners who are developing their information literate abilities do the following:

Disposition 1

Consider research as open-ended exploration and engagement with information.

Disposition 2

Appreciate that a question may appear to be simple but still disruptive and important to research.

Disposition 3

Value intellectual curiosity in developing questions and learning new investigative methods.

Disposition 4

Maintain an open mind and a critical stance.

Disposition 5

Value persistence, adaptability, and flexibility and recognize that ambiguity can benefit the research process.

Disposition 6

Seek multiple perspectives during information gathering and assessment.

Cats Cause Schizophrenia: Librarian-Faculty Collaboration to Develop Student Competency in Contextualizing Sources- Frances Brady and Teresa Fletcher, PhD, Adler University, 2018

Disposition 7

Seek appropriate help when needed.

Masters of the (Citable) Universe: Maximizing Your Use of Reference Management Software- Kirstin Duffin, Eastern Illinois University, 2017

Disposition 8

Follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information.

Hands-On Citation: Exploring MLA Style with First-Year Students- Jennifer Lau-Bond, Harper College, 2018

Finding and Citing Images: Responsible Use of Fashion Images- Molly Beestrum, Columbia College, 2017

Disposition 9

Demonstrate intellectual humility (i.e., recognize their own intellectual or experiential limitations).

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