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ERIC Number: EJ784599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0889-9371
Collecting the Data: Collaboration
McGriff, Nancy; Harvey, Carl A.; Preddy, Leslie B.
School Library Media Activities Monthly, v20 n8 p27-30 Apr 2004
Collaboration is considered a key to the survival of the school library media specialist in the 21st century school. It is a measure of a library media specialist's abilities and successes as an educator. It is a means for illustrating the need for a professional in the school's library media center during difficult times when trying to save library media specialist jobs. It is useful in times of prosperity when attempting to expand staffing. School library media program's collaboration triumphs and productivity are analyzed by using quantitative data and qualitative data collected through semester surveys, collaboration logs, student surveys, and collaborator-educator surveys. Quantitative data has numerical responses that can be placed into a spreadsheet for quick and easy analysis and interpretation. Qualitative data is collected through open-ended or leading questions that require the respondent to write personal opinions, experiences, and comments related to team-teaching, services, facilities, resources, and technology. Both quantitative and qualitative data are needed for a library media specialist to gain a clear understanding of professional strengths and weaknesses as well as provide data and "sound bites" for school library media program reports. (Contains 7 figures and 8 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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