How Do We Use Citations? Krista Grensavitch, and Co-Authors, Explore and Advise

Krista Grensavitch, Senior Lecturer for Women’s & Gender Studies, contributed to “Naming is Power: Citation Practices in SoTL” in Teaching & Learning Inquiry.

This article, an example of collaborative research within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) explores the idea that citing is a political act. As Grensavitch and her co-authors argue: citing is a practice that can work both sides of the same coin: it can give voice, and it can silence. The article makes a call for readers to consider, and perhaps change, their citational practices.

The aim of the research study that is the basis of the article was to gather data about how citation is practiced within the SoTL community: who we cite, how we cite, and what values, priorities, and politics are conveyed in these practices. The contributors were also interested in whether any self-selected categories of identity (e.g., gender, career stage) related to self-described citation practices and priorities. Findings suggest several statistically significant relationships did emerge, which are identified as important avenues for further research and writing. The paper concludes with 10 principles of citation practices in SoTL.

Thank you, Krista, for continuing to demonstrate your commitment to representation for all marginalized groups, in all areas of academia!