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ERIC Number: EJ1059144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-3894
Libraries in Online Elementary Schools: A Mixed-Methods Study
Hibbard, Laura; Franklin, Teresa
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v59 n3 p85-91 May 2015
School libraries serve an important role; however, elementary students who attend schools online typically do not have a school library. This study followed an online school's inaugural year in instituting a library. A mixed methods approach examined data from focus groups, interviews, surveys, library-use records and oral reading fluency scores. Stakeholders had various goals from "to get books into the hands of the students" to teachers requesting that "Library" be a special class to encourage reluctant readers to access the resources. It was found that students who accessed the libraries most were those who were already motivated readers. The findings suggest that access to libraries alone was not enough to motivate students to use the resources. Rather, to empower students to access libraries, a librarian is needed to serve as an instructional partner, an information specialist, a teacher and a program administrator.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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