I left Teacher Librarianship (TL) in 1985 – the Resource Based Learning (RBL) approach was just coming in. It was a good thing I left teaching at that time … how could I have taught this way (ie teaching research skills) when I couldn’t do this myself? For example, when writing my Zoology essay in the second year of my Science degree at Sydney Uni, I did all my research from Britannica Encyclopaedia and proudly quoted this as my source, “all the information was there, why go anywhere else?”.
I am not sure that anyone could have convinced me otherwise at that time – but eventually someone did and it took her a long time! At some stage during this program I will write this up, as my reflections upon this may give me some insights on what I might do when I encounter students similar to me when I am teaching.