Candace Aiani, Library Services Coordinator & Upper School Librarian, Taipei American School
Co-Presenter Name(s): Debbie Abilock, author, consultant

Presenting from: Taiwan & California  Thu, November 15, 5pm – 6pm

Language: English

Target Audience: Teachers, librarians,

Description: Teaching Academic Research to Global Nomads: Insights and Strategies

Full Session Description

"Global Nomads" are students who live in a culture that is different from that (or those) of their parents. In order to teach them to do academic research, we must take into account the values, beliefs, norms and backgrounds of multiple cultures while developing their understanding of an information literacy process that is based on "Western" norms. We'll share insights and strategies from our own experience, as we tackle questions like:

  • How do we teach an academic research process to third-culture students from primarily non-Western cultures? 
  • How do students with collectivist beliefs learn concepts like voice, point of view, argument and persuasion? 
  • How do we help students from cultures where filial piety is valued to appreciate the benefit and importance of attribution and citation - and recognize the seriousness of plagiarism? 
  • What cultural competencies do teachers and librarians need to develop in order to teach the research process to third-culture students?

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  • Hi Lucy,

    This based, in part, on my keynote at the European Council of International Schools in Turkey called Cultural Competence and New Authority, an article "Educating Students for Cross-Cultural Proficiency," and Growing Schools, a book and workshop with Vi Harada and Kristin Fontichiaro.


     "The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do." --John Holt, How Children Fail (1968, p. 271)


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