The Fish-scale of Academic-ness

dead_mermaid_fossil_by_dannykojima-d4wewpvImage from Danny Kojima under cc licence

Alke Gröppel-Wegener and Geoff Walton have proposed The Fish-scale of Academicness, which we promise not to insert with smelly-vision ;-)

Imagine every secondary source you encounter is a sea creature!

The Fishscale of Academicness, inspired by the work of Dr Claire Penketh, is a visual learning idea employed to engage undergraduate students in questioning the provenance of information sources. This is an intellectual endeavour which is often absent from student researchers’ academic practice (Hepworth & Walton, 2009). Developed by Dr Alke Gröppel-Wegener, the activities linked to the fishscale concept aim to reduce the over-reliance on non-peer reviewed internet-based information for literature review purposes.

We envisage this chapter to work on two levels: on the one hand it aims to introduce the reader to the fish-scale concept, through clear and engaging visuals and amusing texts. On the other we want to include a commentary that adds the ‘academic’ perspective which, in turn, enables students to become information literate.

As we firmly believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, we would suggest that this chapter takes the form of a journey of a student researcher, becoming immersed in the depths of an academic ocean, encountering secondary sources in the form of sea creatures on the way.