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What is critical pedagogy?

Critical pedagogy recognizes that education is shaped by outside political and economic forces, often to the detriment of politically and culturally marginalized students. Those who practice critical pedagogy teach students how to recognize and critique the oppressive power structures inherent in educational systems.

What, then, is critical library pedagogy?

Librarians have historically practiced information literacy instruction, which teaches students how to find, evaluate, and use information. Critical library pedagogy recognizes that "all knowledge is created within a historical context"and teaches students how to identify and understand the contextual drivers behind the creation and dissemination of information.

What will attendees get from the conference?

We hope attendees will leave with ideas for incorporating critical pedagogy theory into their practice as educators – both within the library and in higher education in general.

1. Adkins, T. (2014). Critical pedagogy. In D. Coghlan, & M. Brydon-Miller (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of action research. (Vol. 3, pp. 212-216). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Committee Members

2022 Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium Committee

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Photos from the 2018 Symposium