Library & ResearchSkills Proficiency: 1othGradeDeeth Ellis & Lisa RogersWilbury Crockett LibraryWellesley High SchoolMay 24, 2013
Goals of ProficiencyO 100% of 10th graders participate.O Identify larger trends in research abilities.O Make recommendations for teaching andinstruction to improve skills.O Identify students who might needadditional help.O Present findings toteachers/administrators to informinstruction in 2013-2014.
Administering the ProficiencyO 250 out of 278 10th Grade StudentsO Taken in April 2013 in 10th grade guidanceseminarsO Average time to complete 15-20 minutes.O Average number of students who skippedquestions: 2.6O Proficiency in Survey Monkey
Research: DiscoveriesO Students are familiar with libraryresources and use databases and ebooksfor different purposes.O Students rely extensively on Wikipedia.O Student generated questions ranged fromsimple to sufficiently complex.O Students learn to use a range ofresources.O eBooks and Databases for keywords,breaking down topics, and subtopics.
Diabetes QuestionsO Simple/fact finding“What is diabetes? How do you getdiabetes?”O More complex“Am I going to focus on prevention, life withdiabetes, or the science behind diabetes?Am I going to focus on diabetes in Americaor around the world?”
Interpreting InformationO Half of the students understood commonknowledge.O Most students understood what it meansto paraphrase.O Broad, narrow or just right researchquestions and thesis statements are hardfor many students.
2. When given a topic to research thefirst thing you need to do is:
6. When given a broad topic to research, thestrategies you have used to begin narrowingdown your topic are:
8. Taking everything you know about the culture ofIslam into consideration, what resource would youuse to begin your research if you were looking forfactual information on the religious and politicalhistory of the culture.
9. If you are assigned to write a persuasive paper onthe merits of the European Union, a topic withwhich you are unfamiliar, which of the following isthe best starting point for basic backgroundinformation?
Finding Material in the LibraryO Students struggle to find material on theshelves using a call number.O Students do not understand what a callrepresents.O Students rarely browse the library shelvesduring initial research.
3. How did you select which author to readfor author thesis this year? Check all thatapply
26. If you are searching for novels by ShermanAlexie, which title and call number indicate a workthat might be a novel? Select one.
Bias: DiscoveriesO Most students understand the meaning ofbiased information.O Majority of students would turn to libraryresources (databases) for “unbiased”information.O Many would still choose Google toresearch Islam.
10. If you are exploring the effect of the traveland tourism industry on pollution in Alaska,what unbiased source would you start with?
12. When someone is presenting a biasedopinion, they are:
15. When have you foundWikipedia to be useful?
25. Your teacher has asked you to make a list of importantkeywords that relate to your topic, the Cuban Missile Crisis,and to bring this list to class in the library the next day. Whichof the following resources would help you quickly create agood list of terms to start your research?
24. You are searching for current scholarly informationfor a science research project. Which search strategybest guarantees that you will find scholarly resourcesthat are not too difficult to read?
22. When information appears in several sources and most peopleknow the information, it is considered common knowledge. You donot need to cite common knowledge used in a research paper. Fromthe list of information examples below, choose the one that is NOTconsidered common knowledge.
18. To check to make sure a quotation you read on a website is correctyou need to find a second source confirming its accuracy. Which ofthe following sources would be the best choice for confirming theaccuracy?
Copyright/IntellectualProperty: DiscoveriesO Students are confused by copyright laws.O Students are unclear about whatconstitutes intellectual property.O Majority of students understand they giveup privacy rights on Facebook and thatprivacy settings are important to set.
23. You are producing a program at your school television station.The program covers student participation in a “Decades Day” projectand will be posted on your school’s website. It would be nice to usemusic from the different decades, but how much of an artist’srecording can you use as background music?
Opportunities and Next StepsO Develop skills of generating questions during initialstages of research (Research model?).O Teach all students advanced search techniques.O Work on best practices for locating and selectingprimary sources.O Focus on search strategies separately from selectionstrategies.O Improve students’ understanding of copyright,intellectual property, and privacy.O Evaluate effectiveness of questions and proficiencyoverall for measuring students’ skills.O Identify students who might need extra help in 11thgrade.