ERIC Number: ED484187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
School Library Media Centers: Selected Results from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002). E.D. TAB. NCES 2005-302
US Department of Education
This report provides an overview of the current state of school library media centers that serve U.S. 10th-graders. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) provides comprehensive data from multiple sources on school library media centers that served 10th-graders in 2002. ELS:2002 is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of 15,5252 10th-graders in 752 schools in the United States in 2002. The students will likely be followed until about age 30, with the first follow-up in 2004, when most of the students will be in the 12th grade. During the high school years, ELS:2002 is a multilevel study, involving multiple respondent populations, including students, their parents, their teachers, and their schools (from which data are collected from the school principal, the school librarian, and a facilities checklist). The ELS:2002 library media center survey, administered primarily to school librarians, examined various aspects of school libraries: their space, organization, collections, resources, staffing, and use. In addition, 10th-graders provided information on their use of and opinions about their school libraries. This E.D. TAB summarizes findings for all ELS:2002 schools and students about library media centers. Findings for schools are presented by the following school characteristics: school sector, school urbanicity, school region, grade span, school enrollment, and the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch in grade 10. Findings for students are presented by the following student characteristics: sex, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), composite achievement test score in grade 10, student's school sector, student's school urbanicity, and student's school region. Comparisons by these school and student characteristics have been tested for statistical significance. The following are appended: (1) Technical Notes and Glossary; (2) Standard Error Tables; and (3) ELS:2002 Library Media Center Questionnaire. (Contains 48 tables.)
Descriptors: Learning Resources Centers, School Libraries, High School Students, Grade 10, Student Attitudes, Library Materials, User Satisfaction (Information), Library Personnel, Institutional Characteristics, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; Education Statistics Services Inst., Washington, DC.