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School Library Media Research, v13 2010

This article reports the findings of an exploratory study to identify professional dispositions of school librarians. The authors employed the Delphi method, a qualitative research method that emphasizes expert knowledge and consensus within a particular field. The Delphi panel consisted of members of the editorial boards of nationally recognized school library journals in the United States. Panelists independently forecasted and described the identified professional dispositions, commented on eleven prominent dispositions that received the most responses, and ranked and combined categories of dispositions. The results of this study provide a foundation for further exploration of professional dispositions, leading to the design of signature pedagogies for use in school library education, appropriate assessment measures for both school library education and practicing school librarians, and thoughtful and reflective consideration of the acquisition and nurturance of these dispositions. (Contains 3 tables.)

Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Library Education, Qualitative Research, School Libraries, Librarians, Evaluation, Library Science, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Lifelong Learning

American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 800-545-2433; Web site: http://www.ala.org/aasl/slmr

Author: Bush, Gail; Jones, Jami L.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2343&id=EJ896313

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