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School Libraries Matter Views from the Research

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ISBN-10: 161069161X

ISBN-13: 9781610691611

Edition: 2013

Authors: Mirah J. Dow

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List price: $43.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 6/17/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.42" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Professional Dispositions of School Librarians
Introduction: Exploration of Professional Disposition of School Librarians
Dispositions in Action
The Concept of Professional Dispositions
The Question of Professional Dispositions of School Librarians
A Broad Context for a Review of the Literature
The Delphi Study Methodology
Research Design: Delphi Method
Research Findings and Plans of Action
Envisioning a Future
Conclusions: Identification of School Librarian Professional Dispositions
School Librarians in Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development
Introduction: Information Behavior Research
Cutting School Librarians Is a Paradox
What Is information Behavior?
Constructivism in Education and Sociology
Constructivism in Library and Information Science Research
Constructivist Theories of Information Behavior
Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development
Student Achievement
Annual Yearly Progress: Federal Mandate
Every Student Should Graduate High School Ready for College and Career
Students' Growth: State-Level Example
Dervin's Sense-Making
Kuhlthau's Information Search Process
Information Behaviors Necessary for Achieving Common Core State Standards
Research Findings: Notably Higher AYP Proficiency with School Librarian
What More Is Needed?
Conclusions: A New Picture of the Presence or Absence of School Librarians
Influencing Instructional Partnerships in Preservice Elementary Education Teachers
Introduction: Preparing Future Teachers
Literature Review
Partnering in Instruction
Collaboration Theory
Context: Elementary Teacher and School Library Partner Course
Research Questions
Methodology: Pre- and Post-survey and Procedure
Everyday Life Information Seeking Practices of Upper-Income High School Students
Introduction: A Focus on Students Today in a New School Library
New Technologies and Today's Young People
A Study Spark for Examining Teenage Students
Literature Pinpoints Need for Studying ELIS Practices in School Libraries
Savolainen and the Theoretical Framework for This Study
Studying Teens in a Highly Technological School Library
Choice for a Unique Study Site and Population
A Newly Constructed School: Rivals and Rule Testing
Data Collection
School Librarian Interviews
Student Focus Group Sessions
Print and Virtual Documentation
Generalizability, Substantive Validation, and Reliability
Study Limitations
Students Prefer Own Cell Phones to Library Computers
Students at This Site Require a Specific Type of Instructional Model
What Are the ELIS Practices Exhibited by Students at the Study Site?
How Do the Students in This Study Use Physical and Virtual Technologies in the School Library?
Conclusions: ELIS Practices of Upper-Income High School Students
The Impact of School Libraries on Academic Achievement
Introduction: Circumstances that Define American Public Education
Site-Based Management
Absence of Reliable, Dedicated Federal Funding
School Staffing Trends
Standards-Based State Tests
Advent of Computers and the Internet
Advent of eBooks, eReaders, and Tablet Computers
Partnership for 21st-Century Skills
Typical School Library Research Questions
Review of the Literature
School Libraries and Student Achievement
Moving Beyond Student Achievement Studies
Methodological Challenges
Five-Step Improvement Plan
Creating Partnerships with Administrators and Teachers
Sharing Research about the Impact of School Libraries and Librarians
Defining the Roles of School Library and Librarian
Creating New Measures of School Library Outputs and Outcomes
Documenting the Impact of Teaching 21st-century Skills on Strident Learning
Conclusions: New Questions to Be Studied
The Role of the School Library: Building Collaborations to Support School Improvement
Introduction: Education, A Lightning Rod for Reform and Accountability
Topic and Problem
Do School Libraries Matter?
Our Approach to the Question
Our Findings on Exemplary School Libraries
Collaboration as a Path to School Improvement
Conclusions: Moving Forward, Being Effective Regardless of Current Status
Perspectives of School Administrators Related to School Libraries
Introduction: Mixed Methods Study of School Administrators
Lack of Administrative Awareness
Context and Background of the Study
Research Questions
Literature Review
Administrators' Knowledge of School Library Programs
Informing School Administrators about School Library Programs
Methodology: Mixed Methods Approach
Improvement Plan (Summary of Findings)
Administrators' Changed Perceptions
A Shift in Language
Changed Perceptions
University-Level Coursework about Libraries/Librarians
Administrators as Advocates for Librarians/Libraries
School Librarian and Administrator Hold Commonality
Solutions for Informing Administrators
Informing School Library Specialists
Conclusions: Recommendations for Further Study
A Content Analysis of School Librarian Conferences: A Search for Empowering Professional Development
Introduction: Content of Professional Development Conference Offerings
A Line of Inquiry to Improve Teaching in Higher Education
Topic and Problem of Conference Professional Development Content
Research Questions
Literature Review
Methodology: Content Analysis
Preparation of the Analysis
Improvement Plan
Conclusions: State-Level Conferences Are Important for Empowering Professional Development
School-Based Technology Integration and School Librarian Leadership
Introduction: Solutions to Technology-Related School Challenges
Technology Integration
Research Questions
Theoretical Framework: Formative Leadership Theory
Literature Review
Leadership in Schools
School Librarians and Leadership
Methodology: Participatory Research
Validity and Reliability
Improvement Plan
Conclusions: Questions Answered through Cooperative Inquiry
Crossing the Language Barrier: The Potential for School Librarians in Facilitating Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning in the School Library
Introduction: English Language Learners
The Multicultural School
Problems for Foreign-Born Students
The Role of the School Librarian in Standards-Based Education
The Changing Environment: From School Library to Learning Commons
Learner Characteristics
Strategies for Supporting ELLs from the Research
Books and Instructional Materials
Instructional Strategies
Programming to Support ELLs
Technology Applications and Projects
Practical Matters
Conclusions: Culturally Responsive Leaders
Views from Research: From Ideology to Action
Introduction: What Must We Say about School Libraries?
The Purpose
The Premise
The Practices
School Libraries Matter
Conclusions: Characteristics of a Professional School Librarian
About the Editor and Contributors