Application of Information Skills through the Use of Integrated Curriculum.Report as inadecuate

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This report describes a program for applying information skills through the use of integrated curriculum with intermediate students in a middle-class, suburban community located outside of Chicago. The problem was observed by the library media specialist who found that students did not transfer and apply information skills learned in an isolated situation to their classroom assignments. Analysis of the probable cause data obtained via surveys of teachers and students revealed that most students visited the library media center infrequently and rarely other than the regular weekly scheduled time. The facilities were not often used by teachers or students in connection with their regular classroom assignments. Two categories of intervention were employed. The first was implementation of altered access to and use of the library media center through flexible scheduling. The second involved collaboration of the library media specialist and classroom teacher in integrating information skills into the classroom curriculum. Students involved in this intervention were able to apply information skills to classroom assignments through the use of integrated curriculum facilitated by a flexible schedule in the library media center. Survey instruments used in the study are included in the appendix. (Author/JLB)

Descriptors: Course Integrated Library Instruction, Flexible Scheduling, Information Seeking, Information Skills, Integrated Curriculum, Intermediate Grades, Learning Resources Centers, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Library Skills, Media Specialists, Questionnaires, School Libraries

Author: Hunter, Connie


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