ERIC Number: ED437066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
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The Role of the Principal in an Information Literate School Community: Findings from an International Research Project.
Oberg, Dianne; Hay, Lyn; Henri, James
This paper reports the results of an international study of the principal's role in developing and supporting information literacy programs in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Scotland, and South Korea. Principals and librarians in all countries except South Korea differed significantly on the amount of time they perceived the principal to spend on tasks related to the information literacy program. Principals and librarians in Australia, Finland, and Scotland agreed about the amount of time they thought the principal should spend on such tasks in the future. In Canada, Japan, and South Korea, however, there was a significant difference between the two groups. Overall mean scores on present and future perceptions suggest that, in five of the six countries, principals and librarians are well-aligned in their beliefs about the role of the principal; the exception was Scotland, where school librarians are not qualified teachers. These and other findings should be useful to principals and librarians in schools throughout the world, as they struggle in difficult times to provide quality schooling and information services and to contribute to the development of literate and independent library users. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: International Association of School Librarianship, Seattle, WA.; International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, London (England).
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