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Title: Leveraging Your Library: Collaborating with Your Library Staff to Teach Science Research

Leveraging Your LibraryCollaborating with Your
Library Staff to Teach Science Research
  • Andy Spinks, Lead Librarian
  • Center for Advanced Studies at Wheeler High
  • Cobb County, GA

  • Why librarians and science teachers make such
    natural collaborative partners
  • Examples of science-library collaborations at
    Wheeler High Schools Magnet Program
  • Tips for collaborating with your library staff

Common Instructional Goals
  • Science teachers ? Science literacy
  • Librarians ? Information literacy
  • Accessing, Evaluating, and Using Information
  • Many overlapping elements, including
  • Using analytical/critical/higher-level thinking
  • Using evidence to solve problems
  • Identifying and avoiding bias
  • Communicating using data

Common Instructional Methods
  • Inquiry Learning is the ideal method for both
  • Student-centered, student-driven
  • Active experiential
  • Constructivist
  • Process-oriented

Science as an Information Search Process
  • Task Initiation (Recognizing the Need for Info)
  • Topic Selection
  • Topic Exploration (Review of the Literature)
  • AKA Library Research!
  • Focus Formulation (Hypothesis)
  • Information Collection (Experiment)
  • Presentation of Findings

Why Not Just Use Google?
  • Students and teachers routinely overestimate the
    students level of information literacy.
  • Technology literacy ? Information literacy
  • Students must learn to use the web effectively,
    but they must also learn to use more
    authoritative sources
  • Using a search engine is not authentic learning
    because it is not what scientists and academics
    use for a review of the literature.

Examples of Collaboration
  • AP Environmental Science (biome brochure)
  • AP Biology (peer-reviewed articles)
  • Biochemistry (Clinical Pharmacology database)
  • 12th Grade Magnet Research/Internship Course
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Advanced Reference Articles (online print)
  • APA Documentation
  • Using Other Libraries (Georgia Tech, etc.)

Examples of Collaboration
  • 9th Grade Semester-Long Research Project
  • Choose topic
  • Conduct background research
  • Write a hypothesis
  • Design and conduct the experiment
  • Present findings in a written report and an oral
  • Enter in science fair competition

Background Research for Project
  • Independent Dependent Variables
  • What makes each one tick?
  • How is each one measured?
  • What research has been done before?
  • How does your research relate?

How to Get Started
  • Discuss the materials available for your course
  • Brainstorm ideas for a research project
  • Plan the details of the project
  • Plan the details of the library visit
  • Including who will teach what when
  • Extra Credit Plan for joint assessment

Thanks for Coming!
  • Handouts Available Online
  • http//andyspinks.com/conferences
  • References additional resources on following
  • Contact Information
  • Andy.Spinks_at_cobbk12.org
  • Questions or Comments?

  • Filson, R. (2005). In Search Of.Real Science.
    Access Excellence. Retrieved July 16, 2005, from
    the National Health Museum Web site
  • Kuhlthau, C. C. (2004). Seeking meaning A
    process approach to library and information
    services (2nd ed.). Westport, CT Libraries
  • Kuhlthau, C. C. (n.d.). Information Search
    Process A Search for Meaning Rather Than
    Answers. Retrieved July 15, 2005, from the
    Rutgers University, Department of Library and
    Information Science Web site http//www.scils.rut
  • Spinks, A. (2005). The Scientific Method A
    Research Process. Retrieved March 17, 2006, from
  • Woods, M. (2005). Science. In The New Book of
    Knowledge Scholastic Library Publishing.
    Retrieved July 13, 2005 from the Grolier Online
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