Guiding Students Into Information Literacy

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Teachers often assume students know how to do research. However, most students lack important information literacy skills and often need guidance in order to be successful researchers. Sometimes the research projects students are assigned are not well devised or planned, and teachers often underestimate the amount of time or effort necessary to complete a project. These difficulties soon become compounded because students often have poor organizational and time management skills, which are essential in producing ...
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Guiding Students into Information Literacy: Strategies for Teachers and Teacher-Librarians

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Overview

Teachers often assume students know how to do research. However, most students lack important information literacy skills and often need guidance in order to be successful researchers. Sometimes the research projects students are assigned are not well devised or planned, and teachers often underestimate the amount of time or effort necessary to complete a project. These difficulties soon become compounded because students often have poor organizational and time management skills, which are essential in producing good research projects. The desire to make the research experience pleasant and worthwhile for students and the teacher who must assess their efforts has led authors Chris Carlson and Ellen Brosnahan to devise a logical system to help students not only gain valuable information literacy and time management skills needed but also to help the instructor have a better handle on what students are doing during the process. Information Literacy takes readers systematically through the management of a research activity, from conception to final product. Each chapter includes handouts that have been used by the authors with actual research assignments, websites for further information, and a bibliography of additional books that support the ideas in the chapter. An appendix with examples of research papers that have been done by the authors' actual students is also included.
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Reference and User Services Quarterly, Summer 2010 - Debra Engel
The authors discuss practical examples of how a research topic assignment can be broken into manageable parts for the students.... It is a useful addition to the professional development library for teachers and teacher-librarians.
School Library Journal

This book gives practical examples of student activities involving reports and projects using the I-Search model. It reads like a how-to guide with theory interspersed, but it is text-heavy as the authors describe their experiences in managing students as they worked on research assignments. Suggestions for further reading and links to useful Web sites, examples of project proposals, a bibliography sheet, a bibliographic citation form, and note cards plus steps to writing the I-Search paper are all included. While clearly written and quite informative, the book is not easy to read. The layouts are rather tight and the main text is densely packed on the pages. This is not meant to be a quick reference tool, but rather a book that should be read thoroughly from cover to cover. It would be excellent as a supplementary text for pre-service librarians. For the professional development of busy practicing librarians, Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Anne Wheelock's The Information-Powered School (ALA, 2001) and Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwann's Build Your Own Information Literate School (Libraries Unlimited, 2005) provide more rubrics and a greater variety of handouts, and are easier and friendlier to read.-Angela Washington-Blair, Emmett J. Conrad High School, Dallas, TX

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810859746
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Carlson is a former learning center director who has worked with teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She currently presents, writes, and consults on issues related to school libraries. Ellen Brosnahan is a veteran middle school teacher who currently teaches an eighth grade literacy block at a middle school in suburban Chicago. She has been a member of her district's language arts standards task force, and she frequently works on her district's curriculum development as a member of the curriculum council.
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