This exploratory research examines the critical thinking skills and mindsets of 35 LIS students as they discuss two case studies in an online management course. Three categories of mindsets were identified: Idealists, Pragmatists, and Skeptics. Findings reveal that 75% of participants used strategic approaches to resolve information accuracy and ethics problems presented in the case studies. This suggests that cultivating critical thinking mindsets in new information professionals is effective in helping them address societal or organizational challenges associated with our contemporary era of “alternative facts”. New perspectives are also offered regarding the use of pedagogical case studies as tools for developing these strategic critical thinking skills and mindsets among new information professionals.
Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: ALISE 2018
Singh, R., & Rioux, K. (2018). Cultivating a Critical Thinking Mindset in the Era of “Alternative Facts”. Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: ALISE 2018, 42-44. Retrieved from https://scholar.stjohns.edu/library_information_science_proceedings/1