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ERIC Number: EJ1119274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
When Stars Align: Teachers & Students Shine Brighter
Baker, Sheila F.; Willis, Jana
Knowledge Quest, v45 n2 p56-63 Nov-Dec 2016
A new teacher enters the classroom for the first time equipped with teaching strategies, technology-integration models, and classroom experiences acquired during his or her teacher preparation program. These new teachers are often unaware that down the hall exists their greatest resource for today's technologies and their strongest potential instructional partner. Their future partner is someone they have probably never encountered in their teacher preparation program; this bright star is their school librarian. Too often, teachers are not aware of how school librarians can support their teaching and technology-integration efforts. Equally, pre-service school librarians are provided limited opportunities to work with classroom teachers. To address these concerns, it is critical that teacher education programs provide opportunities for pre-service teachers and pre-service school librarians to collaborate. Pre-service teachers need opportunities to collaborate with pre-service school librarians so that pre-service teachers can experience the value of partnering with the school librarian. Providing pre-service school librarians with opportunities to collaborate with pre-service teachers can better prepare librarians for their role as support for classroom teachers. Ever-changing technologies create a vital and ongoing need for teachers to collaborate with school librarians throughout their teaching careers. The university under study is at the forefront of addressing the need for this vital connection between school librarians and teachers; the School of Education recently adopted a new department configuration that partnered the school librarian- and instructional technology-preparation programs. The project goals were to use instructional technology in various courses in the Teacher Education and the School Library and Information Science programs to introduce teacher candidates to the value of collaborative partnerships with school librarians and to provide practical experiences for school librarian candidates. The intent was to provide teacher candidates with real-world learning experiences in technology integration and collaboration with pre-service school librarians; these experiences encouraged teachers to continue these practices once in the field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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