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ERIC Number: EJ1092676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0870
Mixed or Complementary Messages: Making the Most of Unexpected Assessment Results
Jones, Phil; Bauder, Julia; Engel, Kevin
College & Research Libraries, v77 n2 p197-211 Mar 2016
Grinnell College participated in ACRL's [Association of College and Research Libraries] first cohort of Assessment in Action (AiA), undertaking a mixed-methods action research project to assess the effectiveness of librarian-led research literacy sessions in improving students' research skills. The quantitative data showed that the quality of students' sources did not markedly improve following a research literacy session, while the qualitative data indicated that many students were able to state and describe important research concepts they learned. This article profiles the development of Grinnell's AiA project and discusses how Grinnell's librarians responded when the initial results led to more questions rather than to satisfactory answers. Contains notes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa