GE Self Study & External Review (program motivation)
“UC Merced’s GE program should focus on developing students’ inquiry and research skills and abilities, preferably organized according to important contemporary issues.” (2)
Faculty-Staff Retreat, May 2014 (creating Hallmarks)
Hallmark #1 -- "Depth and breadth in academic and intellectual preparation, consistent with the values of a research university …"
c. Bring a critical, evaluative lens to problems, questions, situations;
d. Employ effective problem-solving skills in multiple settings
f. Evaluate facts, knowledge and information, applying the variety aspects of information literacy
h. Demonstrate an inquiry-oriented approach to the world; ...
Faculty-Staff Retreat, June 2015 (creating Mission Statement and Program Learning Outcomes (6-8)
Year One: Students will take a Spark seminar which explore the nature of inquiry through multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and experiences. (9)
Program in Detail – Spark Seminar
b. Spark seminars introduce students to life at a research university. They ask students to focus on the nature of inquiry by exploring a particular topic over the course of the semester, engaging with campus and/or local resources, generating research questions, and presenting original ideas in writing and other forms of communication (visual, oral, and/or numerical). (10)
from UC Merced's Final GE Proposal (27 April 2017)
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) adopted a Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in February 2015.
There are six information literacy frames.
Research as Inquiry
Research is an ongoing process to uncover and investigate questions – from simple questions to much more complicated ones. Inquiry extends beyond academia to personal, professional, and societal problems.
Authority is Constructed and Contextual
Information Creation as a Process
Information Has Value
Scholarship as Conversation
Searching as Strategic Exploration
Generic (Ge), Situated (S), or Transformational (T) windows
from Lupton, M., & Bruce, C.S. (2010). Windows on information literacy worlds: Generic, situated, and transformative perspectives. In Practising information literacy: Bringing theories of learning, practice and information literacy together (pp. 3-27). Wagga Wagga, New South Wales: Center for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.