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Sharing Research in Our Field March 22, 2013

Posted by Heather Moorefield-Lang in Check this out!.
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The AASL Research and Statistics Committee continue to share new articles and research in the field of school librarianship. We hope that you have enjoyed past posts so far. If there is an article that you would like to see included please list the title in the comments and we will discuss it in upcoming posts.

Barth, P. (2013, March).Virtual schools: Where’s the evidence? Educational Leadership, 70(6), 32-36.

Online learning at the university level has been available for students for many years. Recently, there has been an explosion of virtual schools at the K-12 level that have also become available. Even though these programs have a potential to increase student learning, very little research has been conducted to measure the impact of virtual instruction on student learning. This article describes the current research that has been conducted and indicates the research that is missing. This article is a good overview of the current status of research in the area of virtual learning.

Perez, L. (2013, March/April). Master librarian: Mentoring teachers to win the technology wars. Knowledge Quest, 41(4), 22-26.

In order to stay current in today’s schools technology and technology integration is an essential key. This is where school librarians come in as a crucial resource for teachers. This article goes through the process of establishing relationships, collaborating, and becoming a technology mentor for educators in schools. Examples in the field are also discussed, along with gaining administrative support and maintaining mentor roles once instructors start working on their own. This is a good article to read on establishing collaborative relationships in the area of technology.

Johnson, L., & Donham, J. (2012, December). Reading by grade three: How well do school library circulation policies support early reading. Teacher Librarian, 40(2). 8-12.

Johnson and Donham’s article covers the results of a longitudinal study involving nearly 4,000 students that shows that those who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers. This piece looks at the connections between early reading and school success. Higher circulation in libraries, connecting to more reading, which in turn link to higher achievement.

Heather Moorefield-Lang: AASL Research and Statistics Committee Member

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