ERIC Number: EJ867831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 10
You've Got the Hook: Droppin' Science on School Libraries and the Future of Learning
Mardis, Marcia A.
Library Media Connection, v28 n3 p10-13 Nov-Dec 2009
In this time of change in our society, children's needs, preferences, and interactions with the world are changing. These changes have sent education policymakers scrambling to two extremes. The first extreme, a focus on testing and basic skills, seeks to ensure that all children leave school with equal knowledge and preparation for the workplace. The other extreme focuses on affective goals of helping children become good stewards of the environment, conscious participants in a democratic society, and technology-enabled individuals with dispositions that allow them to weather personal, economic, and cultural challenges. Nowhere else in schools is the tension between these two approaches to education seen more starkly than in science education, and no other context is as underappreciated as a revolutionizing force in science learning as school libraries. This article takes a fresh look at one's hook by working within innovative science learning trends. The author discusses some trends in resources, technology, and learning that might give one a new science hook and presents some ways one can take advantage of science learning trends in a school library.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Science Education, Library Services, Library Materials, Science Teachers, Media Specialists, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Computer Uses in Education, Electronic Libraries, Informal Education, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Educational Innovation
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