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Assessment for Librarians: Ch. 5: Assessing Attitudes and Self-Awareness

Why is it important to assess feelings & attitudes?

Learning about and developing positive feelings around the library and research can lead to positive behavior…it is useful to know about some negative feelings that students associate with the library and research” Learning about positive feelings and attitudes can likewise can help you build on positive experiences in the library (Bowles-Terry and Kvenild 74-75). 

Opinion Polls & Self-Confidence Surveys

Opinion Polls. “Opinions may be half-formed, never articulated, and perhaps unrecognized, but an opinion poll can start a conversation” (77). Tools like polleverywhere.com can be used as a warm-up at the beginning of a one-shot session.

Self-confidence surveys. A self-confidence survey can facilitate discussion about what students need to learn—between students and teachers, and student themselves (81). 

Research Logs

Research logs help “students to become more self-aware of their behavior as researchers and to assess their own learning and study skills” (Bowles-Terry and Kvenild 87). While probably not appropriate for the one-shot situation, there are elements of a research log in this is screenshot of a worksheet I used in TAM 2520, a writing intensive class, during a search exercise.