ERIC Number: ED279340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-2
Reference Count: 0
Research on the Impact of School Library Media Programs on Student Achievement.
Didier, Elaine K.
This report summarizes an investigation of the relationship between public elementary school students' achievement in reading and study skills and several aspects of the library media program. Data were collected from a statewide survey of library media programs and personnel, district summaries of reading achievement scores for fourth and seventh graders, and financial data regarding State Equalized Valuation (SEV) and per-pupil expenditures for instruction. Major study findings consider the effect of professional personnel in schools on student achievement in reading, study skills, and use of newspapers at the seventh-grade level, and student access to the library media center; the curricular role of the library media specialist relative to student achievement in reading at the fourth-grade level; the correlation in districts with professional library media personnel between SEV and instructional expenditures per pupil and between overall student achievement in reading and instructional expenditures; the likelihood of districts with higher SEV and total instructional expenditures per pupil having professional media personnel at the elementary level; and the relationship of the educational background of the library media specialist to his/her curricular role, overall student achievement in reading at the fourth-grade level, and student access at both levels. A summary of related research and a 37-item bibliography are provided. (KM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Correlation, Educational Background, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Expenditure per Student, Learning Resources Centers, Literature Reviews, Media Specialists, Professional Personnel, Reading Skills, School Funds, School Libraries, School Surveys, Study Skills
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Librarians (Atlanta, GA, November 2, 1984).