Inquiry Learning Through Librarian-Teacher Partnerships

(Information Skills Across the Curriculum)

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We address two overarching questions in this book:

· What is worth learning? · How do we make this learning happen?

In dealing with these questions, we emphasize the following important points: · Inquiry as a critical approach to learning. ·

· What is worth learning? · How do we make this learning happen?

In dealing with these questions, we emphasize the following important points: · Inquiry as a critical approach to learning. · Student outcomes as the target in teaching. · Library media specialists as key partners in curriculum planning.

The individual chapters deal with the following aspects of inquiry learning and the collaborative work involving the library media specialist. Each chapter is organized around key questions with explanations and examples throughout. · Chapter 1 provides an overview of the school environment in which inquiry learning is the focus. It describes how such a school differs from a conventional one and the role of the library media specialist in this school. · Chapter 2 defines the essential elements of an inquiry curriculum. It emphasizes the importance of questions that drive substantive learning. · Chapter 3 deals with school teams working collaboratively. It examines what makes these partnerships survive and thrive. · Chapter 4 zeroes in on two possible approaches to inquiry-focused instruction: 1) starting with themes or large concepts and 2) starting with problems or issues. It provides detailed explanations and scenarios of how both approaches are used in inquiry-focused projects. · Chapter 5 centers on assessing student learning in inquiry-focused projects. It describes different assessment tools and gives examples of the tools in practice. · Chapter 6 presents instructional strategies that can be used in these projects. It addresses the importance of dealing with diverse student needs and how technology provides a valuable tool for teaching and learning. · Chapters 7 through 9 highlight examples of inquiry-focused units, one each at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Each example is organized in a template format for easier reading. · Chapter 10 returns full circle to the notion of building a school-wide approach to inquiry learning. It identifies specific action strategies to consider and a detailed scenario of how the strategies might be used in a school.

An extensive bibliography identifies the references used in this book. The list also provides a useful starting point for more information on various aspects of inquiry learning.

Who Might Use This Book Inquiry learning requires planning and teaching as teams. While we highlight the collaborative effort of classroom teachers and the library media specialist, we also acknowledge the contributions of other critical team members including the technology coordinator and the administrator. For teams designing inquiry learning, the book provides guidelines for creating learning that results in important student achievement. It identifies research-based strategies and tools to strengthen collaborative instructional planning and presents practical suggestions for integrating information literacy with the school's academic program. ...Continua

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