Communications in Information Literacy, Vol 6, No 2 (2012)

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Using Fun to Teach Rigorous Content

Mary Francis

Abstract


This paper will offer a position on the place of fun within education and learning. It will place fun as an important component of learning. The intent is not to espouse the belief that it is the duty of teachers and instructors to entertain students. Unlike a movie or TV show that provides passive entertainment, fun in this context relates to actions and techniques that aid students in learning new material. So rather than fun being associated with ease, fun is associated with rigor. In drawing together research on the successful impact of fun in education, this paper hopes to be an impetus for librarians to consider fun within their pedagogical approach to instruction and to spur conversation on how information literacy instruction is formatted.

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