ERIC Number: ED476153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Improving Library Research Skills.
Holley, Catherine W.
This report describes a program to advance library research skills in two sixth grade science classes. The problem was assessed through a survey, questionnaire, and worksheet, and by direct observation. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students displayed a lack of research skills related to library research. Some of the causes were the lack of standards for media programs and the lack of support and collaboration between teachers and library media specialists. A review of solutions involved more collaboration and communication between teachers and library media specialists. The American Library Association has also established standards for library media programs that help promote research skills. Post intervention data indicated an increase in student research skills, and improvement in locating books and information in the library, and an increase in student competency in computer search skills. Appendices include copies of consent forms and questionnaires, a worksheet for a computer search, a form for recording observations, a lesson plan and worksheet for the "Computer Catalog Caper," instructions and a worksheet for a research project on scientists, card catalog and Boolean search signs, tips for searching the computer catalog, and a list of research steps. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Master's Program.