Radical Purpose: The Critical Reference Dialogue at a Progressive Urban College

Kate Adler


Abstract: Metropolitan College of New York pioneered “Purpose-Centered Education,” a pedagogical model that blends theory and practice in students’ jobs and lives to produce graduates with a guiding vision of social justice. This paper explores critical information literacy and the reference dialog in the context of the Purpose-Centered Education.


Critical Information Literacy, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Reference Dialog, Progressive Urban College, Reference Librarianship

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