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Becoming a Leader through Action Research: Building Open Education Practice in the School Library
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The role of the school librarian is evolving from keeper of library materials to leader in school reform. The digital age has elevated information literacy from the mechanics of searching and finding to thinking and inquiry. To meet this challenge the library facility is reconceptualized as a learning environment and the collection as a dynamic process of curation and access. Library staff, including paraprofessionals, student peers, and parent volunteers are viewed as instructional support. Allocated budgets are supplemented by funding sources such as grants and donations. The school librarian, trained in Action Research, can realize the library as learning center as she systematically collects evidence, sets priorities, and constructs a Strategic Plan. This module brings together the processes of action research, including identifying a problem in practice, formulating a research question, collecting and analyzing data to conduct a Community Scan and School Library Needs Assessment. She will apply her findings to building a Strategic Plan that will transform the school library into a learning center, or improve its existing functions.

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Education
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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OER Commons
Author:
Carol Gordon
Date Added:
09/18/2018
Becoming a Leader through Action Research: Building Open Education Practice in the School Library
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The role of the school librarian is evolving from keeper of library materials to leader in school reform. The digital age has elevated  information literacy from the mechanics of searching and finding to thinking and inquiry. To meet this challenge the library facility is reconceptualized as a learning environment and the collection as a dynamic process of curation and access. Library staff, including paraprofessionals, student peers, and parent volunteers are viewed as instructional support. Allocated budgets are supplemented by funding sources such as grants and donations. The school librarian, trained in Action Research, can realize the library as learning center as she systematically collects evidence, sets priorities, and constructs a Strategic Plan. This module brings together the processes of action research, including identifying a problem in practice, formulating a research question, collecting and analyzing data to conduct a Community Scan and School Library Needs Assessment. She will apply her findings to building a Strategic Plan that will transform the school library into a learning center, or improve its existing functions.

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Information Science
Material Type:
Module
Author:
carol gordon
Date Added:
09/18/2016
Guiding the Inquiry: Using the Information Search Process
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Guided Inquiry (GI), also known as the Information Search Process (ISP), is a research-based model for teaching information-based inquiry through the collaboration of the school librarian and classroom teacher. A Powerpoint presentation WITH NOTES divides the module into three sections: 1) How do we learn? describes constructivist learning theory developed by Piaget, Dewey, Bruner, Kelly, and Vygotsky and the research on why students plagiarize.2) The centerpiece for this section is the Information Search Process, a staged model that guides information users through Task Initiation, Exploration, Topic Selection, Focus Formulation, Collection of Information, Presentation, and Assessment. The ISP takes a multi-dimensional approach to learning that includes thoughts, feelings, and actions of the information user as they progress through these stages. This section also includes authentic learning tasks as the context for the ISP. 3) Interventions. Since the model is research-based, it is predicative. School librarians can anticipate confusion, frustration, and information behaviors such as selecting information that indicate successful or unsuccessful progression through the ISP stages. The concept of intervention is critical to Guided Inquiry as the school librarian, in collaboration with the classroom teacher, diagnoses the problem and provides an intervention that enables the information user to move from one stage to the next. The goal of this module is to familiarize students with ISP stages, provide print and digital tools for each of the ISP stages, Each section of the module has a learning task for students that requires them to apply what they have learned.

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Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
carol gordon
Date Added:
09/21/2015
Thinking through Science: Teaching Next Generation Science Standards in the School Library
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 The Tasks in this module include:Task 1. Getting to Know Next Generation Science StandardsTask 2. Mapping Next Generation Science StandardsTask 3. Understanding Next Generation Science StandardsTask 4. Collaborating with a Science TeacherTask 5. Teaching Next Generation Science Standards Authentically Task 6. Resourcing Next Generation Science StandardsThe expected learning outcomes resulting from these learning objectives are:1] Enhanced science literacy for school librarians;2] Enhanced knowledge of Guided Inquiry and Authentic Learning for science teachers.

Subject:
Information Science
Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
carol gordon
Date Added:
09/13/2017