background preloader

Study: Good School Libraries Affect Test Scores

Study: Good School Libraries Affect Test Scores
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A study released Tuesday by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians shows that the more emphasis is put on school libraries--and the learning that takes place there--the better scores students receive on standardized tests. University of South Carolina Professor Dr. Karen Gavigan outlined the studies five areas of importance at a press conference Tuesday morning. "The presence of librarians and library support staff, instructional collaboration between librarians and teachers, traditional and digital collections, library expenditures, and access to computers," she explained. The study found that the schools which had these five components had better performance on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards. One of third-grader Tavetria Amponsah's favorite things to do is to go to the library and read. School Librarian Debbie Cooper says the learning that takes place there is guided by collaboration between her and the teachers, but driven by the students.

http://www.wltx.com/story/news/education/2015/05/12/study-finds-the-quality-of-school-libraries-have-a-positive-impact-on-achievement-test-scores/27202395/

Related:  diburgessSchool Libraries make a differenceLibraries/Tools

14 Reasons Why You Should Love A Librarian 1. Because they read a lot of books, which tend to make them smart. 2. Because they are good listeners. 3. And they know how to give excellent advice. Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers Are you uncomfortable with ambiguity? It’s a common condition, but a highly problematic one. The compulsion to quell that unease can inspire snap judgments, rigid thinking, and bad decision-making. Fortunately, new research suggests a simple anecdote for this affliction: Read more literary fiction. A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call “cognitive closure.”

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming It's important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members' interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I'm going to tell you that libraries are important. I'm going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. Highly effective school libraries have a common set of characteristics It is clear from the findings that there are some highly effective school libraries in Delaware—school libraries that are strongly integrated into the learning fabric of the school and which contribute to student learning outcomes.

guidedinquirycommunity [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage Figure 1.1 Guided Inquiry Design Process. (Kuhlthau, C., Maniotes, L and Caspari, A. 2012) Welcome to the Australian Guided Inquiry Community! Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer Gregory Currie, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nottingham, recently argued in the New York Times that we ought not to claim that literature improves us as people, because there is no “compelling evidence that suggests that people are morally or socially better for reading Tolstoy” or other great books. Actually, there is such evidence. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, reported in studies published in 2006 and 2009 that individuals who often read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. This link persisted even after the researchers factored in the possibility that more empathetic individuals might choose to read more novels. (MORE: Oprah as Harvard’s Commencement Speaker Is an Endorsement of Phony Science) None of this is likely to happen when we’re scrolling through TMZ.

Ten Tips for School Library Media Specialists Embracing technology will change everything about your school library media program. When this happens to you, think outside your traditional role and services. 1. Focus on Instruction and Resources, Not Things The media specialist should be the go-to person for technology in your school, but make sure you’re not only about the “stuff.” Encourage teachers to think: “What would be the best resource/tool to teach this concept in my classroom?”

How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond Search engines are pretty good at finding what you’re looking for these days, but sometimes they still come up short. For those occasions there are a few little known tricks which come in handy. So here are some tips for better googling (as it’s the most popular search engine) but many will work on other search engines too. 1.

Related: