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Research skills = life skills


Career & College Readiness Symposium …

Career & College Readiness Symposium
Victoria College
May 13, 2010

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  • 1. Presented by Kristy Nelson
    Region III Education Service Center
    Partnerships for College and Career Readiness
    May 13, 2010
    Victoria College Student Center
    Research Skills = Life Skills
  • 2. “If we expect our students to be prepared for the ‘real world’ when they leave our schools, we need to equip them with the information skills they need to make the right decisions.”
    - Vent, Laura. “Career Info Quest: Using AASL Standards to Prepare Teens for the Future.” Library Media Connection. January/February 2010
  • 3. Why research skills?
  • 4. Today’s Information Environment
    We live in an information rich society. Information doubles every 5.5 years (AASL), technical information doubles every two years, and the quantity of electronic information doubles every hour.
    - Partnership for 21st Century Learning Skills. “The Intellectual and Policy Foundations of the 21st Century Skills Framework”
  • 5. Too much information?
    Psychologists have identified “Information Overload Syndrome,” which mimics both Generalized Anxiety Disorder and clinical depression. The syndrome occurs when the brain becomes overwhelmed with the quantity of information to be processed and the mind/body is adversely affected.
  • 6. What are today’s research skills?
    “Traditional” research strategies
    Information literacy skills (also called ICT literacy)
    Ability to think critically
    Media literacy skills
    Visual literacy skills
    Comprehension of information-based text
  • 7. “Traditional” Research Skills
    Includes task definition or questioning strategies
    Library skills, such as using an online card catalog, encyclopedias, TOC, databases, an index, etc.
    Citing sources
    Paraphrasing information
    Translating information from visual representation to written and vice versa
    Ability to generate search terms
  • 8. Information Literacy:
    The ability to find, evaluate, analyze, integrate, communicate, and use information to solve problems, create new ideas, make informed decisions, and turn data into meaning.
    - Rockman, Ilene. “Introduction: The Importance of Information Literacy.” in Integrating Information Literacy into the Higher Education Curriculum: Practical Models for Transformation. 2004
  • 9. Media Literacy Skills
    Evaluation of a news source based on authority, objectivity, intended audience, and timeliness
    Understand the difference in URLs
    Intimate understanding of propaganda and point of view
    Knowledge of how use of language and images affects the message
  • 10. Visual Media Literacy Skills
    Understanding the importance of presentation skills
    Tailoring a presentation to fit the audience
    An understanding of space, organization, and arrangement
    Use of color and style to communicate message
  • 11. In a world in which good design is increasingly used as a means of differentiating objects of mass production, creative design skills are highly desired in the labor force.
    - Partnership for the 21st Century Skills. The Intellectual and Policy Foundations of the 21st Century Skills Framework.
  • 12. Informational Text Comprehension
    In a study of the reading achievements of 10-year-old students in 40 nations, the United States had the largest gap between literary reading achievement and information reading achievement of any nation studied.
    - Mullis, Ina, et al. PIRLS 2006 International Report: IEA’s Progress in International Reading Literacy Study in Primary Schools in 40 Countries. 2007
  • 13. The Need for Exposure to Informational Text
    The 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Framework calls for 55 percent of all reading in 8th grade to be informational passages, increasing to 70 percent by 12th grade.
    - National Assessment Governing Board, 2007
  • 14. In the recent report, Are They Ready to Work?, employers say that although oral and written communication are among the top four skills they seek in new hires, all graduates are lacking in these areas. High school graduates fare the worst, with 72% of employers citing this group’s deficiency in Writing in English, and 81% citing their deficiency in Written Communication.
  • 15. Define
  • 16. ETS Information Literacy Assessment
    Information & Communication Technology Literacy (ICT Literacy) Test created by ETS and unveiled in 2006
    Tests seven areas of information literacy
    6300 students (high school seniors and college students) took the field test exam. The average score was 50%
    Only 35% could accurately narrow an overly broad search question
    Only 52% could accurately assess the objectivity of a website
    Only 12 % created a presentation that used points directly related to the assigned arguments
  • 17. Research skills as life skills
    Creating Lifelong Learners
  • 18. Why is information literacy important?
    Transfer from school to the everyday environment is the ultimate purpose of school-based learning.
    • Bransford, J., et al. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. 2000
    Learning should be a lifelong pursuit.
  • 19. The most desirable jobs of the future—the ones least likely to be automated—are those that require expert thinking and complex communication, according to economists Frank Levy and Richard Murname(2004).
  • 20. In research conducted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Oregon professor David T. Conley finds that “habits of mind” such as analysis, interpretation, precision and accuracy, problem-solving, and reasoning” can be as or more important than content knowledge in determining success in college courses.
    - Conley, David. Toward a More Comprehensive Conception of College Readiness. (2007)
  • 21. What to we do to correct this?
  • 22. Adopt a Research Method
    Provides a standardized vocabulary for research
    Provides a method that can be followed every time with predictable results
    Reinforces method through sustained teaching over multiple years
    Most effective when adopted as a district initiative
  • 23. Which Research Method Do We Use?
    Big 6/Super 3
    Information Power
    Independent Investigative Method (IIM)
    ICT Literacy Model
  • 24. To be successful…
    Research must be cross-disciplinary. While skills may be taught in ELA, they should be implemented in EVERY subject.
    Skills must be taught beginning in Kindergarten.
    Research skills must be modeled.
    Research skills CANNOT be taught in isolation.
  • 25. “The ability to acquire and handle information is at the core of lifelong learning. But if students lack the information literacy to find and apply the right information for the right purpose while evaluating it effectively, how can we possibly foster lifelong learning?”
    - Badke, William. “Ten Reasons to Teach Information Literacy for Credit.” Online. (Nov/Dec 2008)
  • 26.
  • 27. Kristy Nelson
    Education Specialist for Library Services and Technology
    Career & College Readiness Liaison
    Region III Education Service Center
    361.573.0731 ext. 277