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Overview

Collaborate, inspire, connect! Use your library to have an impact on everything from reluctant readers to block scheduling to standardized testing. Find information and guidelines to help you play an active role in the K-12 curriculum.

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"Library/media personnel are keenly aware of the critical importance of creating and maintaining partnerships and collaboration with teachers, administrators and other educational professionals, as well as keeping abreast of various pedagogical issues. A daunting task, indeed, to be knowledgeable about media concerns as well as everything else. Fortunately, Kay Bishop provides us here with "information . . . including national standards, trends and controversies" (p. 18) about specific subject areas, as well as several other areas having direct impact on library/media centers. Chapter topics range from elementary school math, middle school social studies, and high school science, to students who are physically disabled, reluctant readers, gifted and talented, block scheduling, electronic reading programs (such as Accelerated Reader) standardized testing, plus a chapter on collaboration and partnerships. Specific attention is directed to the role of the media specialist and/or the media center in all chapters, and multiple perspectives are included where appropriate (for example, advantages and disadvantages of electronic reading programs). Introductory information provides brief background in resource-based learning and authentic learning/constructivism, instructional role of the library/media specialist, and types and methods of partnerships and partnering. Other special features include Web sites, bibliographies, related research and suggested activities. This is a succinct resource for helping library/media personnel to engage in informed discussions, decision-making and implementation in regard to the topics presented. Recommended."

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Library Media Connection

School Library Journal
The stated purpose of this title is "-to provide media specialists with information and guidelines to help them assume active roles in the K-12 curriculum." Following an introduction on collaboration and partnerships, the volume includes a chapter on subject areas that explores mathematics in the elementary school, social studies in the middle school, and science in the high school. A section on the LMS's roles in assisting special groups of students includes the physically disabled, gifted, and those struggling in reading. Yet another chapter is devoted to educational trends such as block scheduling, electronic reading programs, and standardized testing. Ample background is provided throughout the discussions to understand concepts, and points made are supported with extensive references to research. Suggested activities are also given (useful if text is being used as a textbook or for developing professional activities). Sections called "The Role of the Media Specialist" focus on specific strategies that LMSs can employ to strengthen collaborative partnerships. The text is easy to interpret with clearly labeled headings, subheadings, bulleted lists, and sidebars. An index is included but it is not very specific. Toni Buzzeo's Collaborating to Meet Standards: Teacher/Librarian Partnerships for 7-12 (Linworth, 2002) focuses on instructional partnerships, whereas Bishop's text is expanded to include a broad look at the various roles of the LMS as they relate to curricular areas, educational trends, and specific groups of students.-Beth Jones, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586830618
  • Publisher: Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Acknowledgements viii
Chapter 1 Collaboration and Partnerships 1
Collaboration 2
Authentic Learning/Constructivism 2
Resource-Based Learning 3
Information Literacy 4
Instructional Role 6
Partnerships 8
Teachers 8
The Principal 9
Students 11
The Community 11
References 13
Suggested Activities 15
Subject Areas and the Media Specialist 17
Chapter 2 Math in the Elementary School 19
Standards and Assessments 19
Principles 20
Standards 20
Controversy 21
Assessments 21
Mathematical Literacy 21
Math Leaders 22
Technology 23
The Role of the Media Specialist 23
Technology 23
Literature 24
References 28
Suggested Activities 29
Chapter 3 Social Studies in the Middle School 31
Standards and Assessments 31
Themes 32
Assessments 33
Controversy 33
Technology 33
Multiculturalism 35
The Role of the Media Specialist 35
Technology 35
Interdisciplinary Units 37
Other Activities 40
References 40
Suggested Activities 41
Chapter 4 Science in the High School 43
Standards and Assessments 43
Standards 44
Content 44
Assessments 45
Scientific Literacy 46
Scheduling 46
The Role of the Media Specialist 46
Collection Development 46
Professional Development Resources 49
Research 51
References 51
Suggested Activities 52
Learning More About Subject Areas 53
Special Groups of Students and the Media Specialist 55
Chapter 5 Students Who Are Physically Disabled 57
Legislation 57
Inclusion 58
The Role of the Media Specialist 59
Physical Facility Considerations 59
Assistive Devices 61
Literature 62
Other Activities 65
References 66
Suggested Activities 67
Chapter 6 Reluctant/Resistive Readers 69
Reasons for Reluctant/Resistive Readers 69
Characteristics of Reluctant/Resistive Readers 70
Determining Reading Levels 71
Students 71
Materials 71
Freedom of Choice and Accessibility 72
The Role of the Media Specialist 72
Reading Motivation 72
Programs 73
Selecting and Evaluating Materials 74
Other Activities 75
References 76
Suggested Activities 77
Chapter 7 The Gifted and Talented 79
Programs 81
Instructional Processes 81
Organizations and Publications 83
The Role of the Media Specialist 83
Identification 83
Information Literacy Skills 84
Independent Research Projects 84
Reading and Literature 85
References 87
Suggested Activities 89
Learning More About Special Groups of Students 91
Educational Trends and the Media Specialist 93
Chapter 8 Block Scheduling 95
What Is Block Scheduling? 95
Advantages and Disadvantages 96
Advantages 96
Disadvantages 97
Research Studies 97
Student Learning 97
Teacher Perceptions 99
Other Findings 99
The Media Center 100
The Role of the Media Specialist 100
Effects on the Media Center 100
Services Provided by the Media Specialist 101
References 101
Suggested Activities 103
Chapter 9 Electronic Reading Programs 105
Advantages and Disadvantages 106
Advantages 106
Disadvantages 107
Research Studies 107
Media Specialists' Views 108
The Role of the Media Specialist 110
References 111
Suggested Activities 112
Chapter 10 Standardized Testing 113
Controversy 114
Computer-Based Testing 115
Case Study: Reactions to FCAT 116
Alternative Assessment 117
Projects 117
Portfolios 117
Other Alternatives 118
The Role of the Media Specialist 118
Activities 118
The Media Center and Student Achievement 119
References 122
Suggested Activities 123
Learning More About Educational Trends 125
Appendix 127
Index 134
About the Author 136
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