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Crossing the Threshold : Threshold Concepts

This guide supports the workshop Crossing the Threshold with Threshold Concepts, versions of which were presented at the 2015 ACRL Conference, 2015 European Conference on Information Literacy, and 2016 ALA Annual Conference.

Threshold Concepts Defined

Threshold concepts are by definition:

   Transformative - these concepts once learned by the learner open up new ways of understanding the world and questioning of former ways of thinking.

   Integrative- learners are able to integrate threshold concepts into other contexts and related areas.

    Irreversible - threshold concepts once learned are difficult to unlearn.

    Bounded - threshold concepts are contextual they are learned within a particular context and often along with and in addition to other threshold concepts.

   Troublesome - threshold concepts can be potentially be troublesome to the learner.

 Source: Blackmore, M. (2010) Student engagement with information: Applying a threshold concept approach to information literacy development. Paper
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Threshold Concept Readings

First of all you might want to check out the official ACRL site on the Framework: http://acrl.ala.org/framework/

There is also an extensive bibliography put together by the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee: http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/infolit/teaching/thresholdbib

 

This is our short list of recommended readings about threshold concepts:

 

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Listserv

Based on participant feedback from the March 11, 2015, webinar on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, has created a listserv to provide a convenient spot for exchanging ideas about the Framework.

The new list will serve as an open forum for asking questions, posting professional development opportunities, and sharing examples of how you are using the Framework at your libraries. To subscribe, visit http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/acrlframe.

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