I teach classification before subject headings--regardless of the textbook order--primarily because I think there's more to learn/it's harder for students to grasp the intricacies of number classification. By teaching them first, I give them more time in the class to work on call # structure in exercises, since we continue to work on description, headings, then number classification, & then subject classification as we work thru exercises throughout the class. In other words, records just get longer & more complete as we progress. This gives them the most practice, of course, on description--which is the most rule-bound and thus allows less variation based on cataloger judgment--but I've never figured a way to make sense of starting with number classification & then subject headings *before* description :-) Somehow, that's too much like dropping folks into the middle of unrelated chaos--I prefer to give them some context first! Kathleen A. Nystrom, Adjunct Instructor for School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri--Columbia Head of Cataloging Eden-Webster Library System 470 East Lockwood Avenue St. Louis, MO 63119-3194 (314)968-7151 (314)963-6086 (fax) [log in to unmask] > -----Original Message----- > From: Discussion List for issues related to cataloging & metadata education & training > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Cheryl Boettcher Tarsala > Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 12:06 PM > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: update of chapter about DDC > > I am really intrigued by this difference in cataloging course > structure. I never realized before that (the previous to 10th ed of) > Wynar was set up to teach classification before subject headings. My > colleague at Illinois does this, too, and I can't quite get my mind > around it. What is the idea behind it? > > Does anyone else teach the units of basic cat & class in a > "different"order (i.e., different from those in textbooks like Chan > or Wynar/Taylor)? > > Cheryl > > > > Arlene Taylor wrote: > > > > >Because I have rearranged chapters for the 10th ed., this chapter is now > >numbered 15. (At the suggestion of several of the book's users, and > >because I myself teach subject headings before classification, I have > >rearranged the chapters accordingly. I have also placed the authority > >control section right after the chapters covering AACR2.) > > > > > -- > Cheryl Boettcher Tarsala > Adjunct Assistant Professor > LEEP Program, Graduate School of Library and Information Science > University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign > > [log in to unmask] > [log in to unmask] > > The views expressed here are my own and not those of UIUC or GSLIS.