Learning Objective: Students will be able to understand citation mapping in order to evaluate the impact of a work (and find more info on the topic).
Have students select a seminal work on a topic, and then identify sources that preceded and continued the conversation, analyzing the impact of the seminal work on the field.
Have students imagine themselves in conversation with the author(s) of their assigned reading
This exercise can also be used for a conversation with an artist about a work of art, a composer about a piece of music, etc.
"Scholarship is discursive practice in which ideas are formulated, debated, and weighed against one another over extended periods of time. Instead of seeking discrete answers to complex problems, scholars understand that a given issue may be characterized by several competing perspectives."
Ask students to reflect on the following:
What perspectives are presented?
Who has the strongest voice in this conversation? Why?
How would you involve yourself in this conversation?
Ask students to conduct an investigation of a particular topic from its treatment in the popular media, and then trace its origin in conversations among scholars and researchers. How have perspectives changed and why?
Ask students to reflect on one or more of the following dispositions:
Learners who are developing their information literate abilities