ERIC Number: ED437062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Unleashing the Theory: Connecting Learning Theory to Building Information Seeking Skills.
Danley, Elizabeth B.; Forde, Janet Lynch; Lahmon, Jo Ann; Maddox, Beverly K.
This study surveyed 126 school librarians in 18 countries, representing 131 schools serving more than 113,260 students. The survey instrument requested respondents to describe techniques they used to facilitate information literacy, their perceptions of their functions in the development of independent learners, and the training they received that enabled them to mediate information seeking and use skills. Survey data revealed that the respondents relate information skills instruction to students' interests, work with other teachers to place information seeking skills within the context of students' course work, and encourage students to share ideas and skills with each other as they build their own search strategies. Results indicate that the creation of independent, self-directed, lifelong learners is the goal of school librarians over the world. Data also reveal that most of the respondents spend less than one quarter of their time working with teachers to plan connected programs and that many school libraries are understaffed. (Author)
Descriptors: Educational Background, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Information Literacy, Information Seeking, Information Skills, Instructional Design, Learning Resources Centers, Learning Theories, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Librarians, Library Instruction, Library Role, Library Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, School Libraries, Skill Development, Teaching Methods, Training
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United States