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In order to provide culturally responsive instruction to all students, school library professionals need to recognize the various discourses around cultural competence that exist in the field of library and information science (LIS) and understand the broader meanings that are attached to these discourses. This study presents an evaluation of the underlying ideologies that are embedded in the textual responses of a group of LIS students reporting on their perceived levels of cultural competence preparation. The results reveal that there are dominant and competing discourses around cultural competence in the LIS field, which are important to make visible. The paper concludes with a discussion of how this kind of discourse analysis might inform pedagogies in the school library in ways that uniquely benefit historically marginalized students.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Higher Education and Teaching | Library and Information Science | Teacher Education and Professional Development


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