Teaching to Individual Differences in Science and Engineering Librarianship

Teaching to Individual Differences in Science and Engineering Librarianship

Adapting Library Instruction to Learning Styles and Personality Characteristics

1st Edition - August 11, 2017

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  • Author: Jeanine Mary Williamson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081018811
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081018828

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Teaching to Individual Differences in Science and Engineering Librarianship: Adapting Library Instruction to Learning Styles and Personality Characteristics applies learning styles and personality characteristics to science and engineering library instruction. After introducing the idea that individuals tend to choose college majors and occupations in alignment with their learning style and personality characteristics, the book presents background on the Kolb Learning Styles model, the 16 PF (Personality Factor) framework, and the Big Five/Narrow Traits personality framework. It then reviews extant knowledge on the learning styles and personality characteristics of scientists, engineers and librarians. Next, the book considers general approaches to the personalization of instruction to learning styles and personality characteristics, opportunities for such personalization in science and engineering library instruction, and science and engineering librarian attitudes towards, and approaches to, this type of personalization of instruction.

Key Features

  • Best Publication Award - ASEE Engineering Library Division
  • Considers teaching and individual differences within science and engineering librarianship
  • Offers a balanced and critical account of the adaptation of library instruction to learning styles and personality characteristics
  • Cites the dynamic instruction/adaptive teaching literature
  • Discusses opportunities and suggestions for incorporating personalization into science and engineering library instruction


Academic and research librarians in science and engineering; science and engineering librarians; instruction librarians; liasion librarians; library leaders; library administrators

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    1. Individual Differences
    2. Definitions of Individual Differences

      Importance of Learning Styles and Personality Characteristics

      Learning Styles

      Personality Characteristics

      Alignment Between Learning Styles, Personality, Degrees, and Careers



      Retention in College Major and Personality

      Accentuation of Learning Styles within College Majors

      Choice of Career and Personality Traits

      Changes in Personality Traits

      Changes in Learning Styles in Careers



    3. Learning Styles
    4. Definition of Learning Styles

      Why I Chose the Kolb Model For this Book

      The Kolb Learning Styles Cycle

      Instructional Design Examples Using the Kolb Learning Styles Framework


      Design Courses and Internships

      Specific Engineering Topics



    5. Personality Frameworks
    6. Definition of Personality

      Relationships Between Personality and Teaching and Learning

      Instructor Classroom Behavior

      Course Evaluations

      Student Engagement

      Student Participation

      Student Self-Regulation

      The 16PF and Big Five/Narrow Personality Frameworks

      The 16PF

      The Big Five/Narrow Trait Framework (Personal Style Inventory)



    7. Personality Traits and Learning Styles of Librarians, Scientists, and Engineers
    8. 16PF Results

      Personal Style Inventory

      Kolb Learning Styles

      Connecting with Diverse Audiences

      International Students


      U.S. Racial Groups

      Forming a Connection with a Range of Students



    9. The Matching Approach
    10. The Well-Balanced Approach




      The Stereotypical Profile Approach

      Adapting to Informally Assessed Student Characteristics

      Studies Supporting Matching to Personality Characteristics

      Studies Supporting Matching to Kolb Learning Styles

      Methods of Matching to Individual Characteristics



    11. Reasons for Not Matching Instruction to Individual Differences
    12. Evidence Against Effectiveness of Teaching to Learning Styles

      Challenging the Student to Become More Well-Rounded

      Non-Matching as an Impetus to Improve Teaching

      Subject Matter Characteristics

      Guiding Questions about Matching to Subject Matter

      Learning Styles


      When to Match Instruction to Individual Differences, and When Not To



    13. Results of Survey
    14. Results: Attitudes Towards Personalization

      Unfavorable Responses to Personalization

      Favorable Responses Towards Personalization

      Perceptions of Scientists’, Engineers’ and Librarians’ Characteristics


    15. Applications
    16. Using the Kolb Learning Cycle

      A Learning Cycle Based Lesson Plan

      Planning Instruction that Adapts to Personality Characteristics

      Considerations for Different Kinds of Engineering and Science Classes


      Graduate Classes

      Engineering Design Classes

      Online Instruction



    17. Self-Reflection as a Way of Improving Instruction
    18. Self-Reflection Based on the IPIP-NEO

      Implications for Teaching

      A Case Study



    19. Personality and Competencies for Engineering Students and Information Literacy
    20. ABET Criterion 3

      The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education



    21. Conclusion

    Practical Considerations

    The Future of Adapting To Individual Differences

    Personality Traits and Learning Styles as Frameworks for Instruction


Product details

  • No. of pages: 188
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2017
  • Published: August 11, 2017
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081018811
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081018828

About the Author

Jeanine Mary Williamson

Jeanine Mary Williamson is the Engineering Librarian and a Professor at the University of Tennessee Libraries (Knoxville, TN, USA). Jeanine learned a Master of Library Service at the University of Alabama and a PhD in Information Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has conducted several research studies of the personality characteristics of librarians and engineers as well as studies in the field of science and engineering librarianship published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship

Affiliations and Expertise

Engineering Librarian and Professor, University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, TN, USA

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