Collaborative Planning and Information Literacy Skills Research Paper by Professor Victor Verb

Collaborative Planning and Information Literacy Skills
The impact of collaborative planning on information literacy skills for fifth graders today.
# 60064 | 25,605 words | 95 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Jul 18, 2005 in Education (Reading) , Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Elementary School)

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This investigation was conducted with 100 fifth grade students, one library media specialist and four fifth grade teachers in order to determine whether collaboration between the media specialist and two classroom teachers causes an increase in information literacy scores in the two classes of fifth grade students (50 students) when compared with the control group of two fifth grade classes (50 students). The summary, conclusion, implications and recommendations maintain that the collaborative teaching approach provides both learning disabled and their non-disadvantaged peers with improved opportunities for achieving academic, social and vocational success. This complete dissertation contains several original graphs and appendices.

List of Tables
Chapter I Introduction
Chapter II: Comprehensive Review of the Literature
Historical Perspectives
Role Clarification
Partnerships with Principals
Media Specialist Collaboration with Teachers
Student Considerations
Theoretical Basis for the Study Summary
Chapter III: Method of Investigation
Appendix A. The Big Six Skills Approach
Appendix B. Checklist based on the Literacy Standards for Students
Chapter IV: Data Analysis
Chapter V: Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations

From the Paper:

"The work of librarians has dramatically changed in recent decades. Today's librarian is primarily a teacher of information literacy (Eisenberg, 2002), and as such, collaborates with classroom teachers to ensure that they are effective users of ideas and information. As a partner, the school librarian, now entitled "media specialist," joins with teachers and students to help them learn how students to use a wide variety of print, nonprint, and electronic information resources. In many ways, the media specialist helps everyone in the school become more adept at participating in electronic information retrieval. The media specialist is an ambassador and a diplomat, showing everyone in the school how to use the Internet, search engines, and electronic databases. It is very important that the combined staff of teachers and media specialist have common goals, a shared vision and work together in a climate of trust and respect (Muronago & Harada, 1999). The research question to be investigated is whether collaboration of a media specialist with fifth grade teachers in fact increases the information literacy of the students in the classrooms."

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