Public school libraries: their history, curriculum, and impact on student achievement

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Show simple item record Vande Haar, Dale A. 2005-09-28T17:24:59Z 2005-09-28T17:24:59Z 2005-02
dc.description Physical description: x, 217 leaves. Dale Vande Haar, a Drake University alum, is currently the Libraries and Information Services Coordinator for the Des Moines Public Schools.He can be contacted at en
dc.description.abstract This dissertation explores the development of public school libraries from their origins in the late 18th century in New England to today’s dynamic, modern places where students and faculty use 21st century technology to access information sources. Staffed with trained professionals and support staff, these school libraries have specific curricula that teach information literacy skills – how to find, evaluate, and use resources – and promote the love of reading and teach lifelong learning skills. Since 1990 the school library field has been fortunate to have seen a flurry of activity in the area of quantitative research, which has shown consistently how important school libraries are in helping all students, regardless of socio-economic or community conditions increase their personal achievement. Professionally staffed, well funded libraries with large, current collections and electronic access to numerous online databases have been shown to consistently increase student achievement scores on standardized tests. Specifically, the research in this study compares the achievement scores of 5th grade elementary students taking the Reference Materials test of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), by comparing the scores between schools with and without professional librarians to see what impact there is on student achievement, especially with the various racial groups found within the district. A descriptive study, there are no specific answers to questions, but outcomes are revealed and recommendations for further study and use of the information found during the researching of this paper are offered. en
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dc.publisher Kennedy-Western University en
dc.subject School libraries--United States--History. en
dc.subject School librarians--United States--History. en
dc.subject Libraries and schools--United States--History. en
dc.subject Information literacy--Study and teaching. en
dc.subject Educational tests and measurements -- Standards -- United States. en
dc.subject Educational equalization -- United States. en
dc.subject Academic achievement -- United States. en
dc.subject School libraries -- Aims and objectives -- United States. en
dc.title Public school libraries: their history, curriculum, and impact on student achievement en
dc.type Thesis en

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