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"Nothing is as Real World as Competition: School librarians' roles with students and teachers in science fair competition"

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Presentation is written for a student, STEM teachers, and school librarian audience. Provides guided inquiry-research process outline; and uses the scientific method model to outline action steps. …

Presentation is written for a student, STEM teachers, and school librarian audience. Provides guided inquiry-research process outline; and uses the scientific method model to outline action steps. Tips for best projects are based on quality needed to become a Broadcom MASTERS winner.

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  • 1. Nothing is as Real World as Competition
    “School librarians’ roles with students and teachers in science fair competition”
    Mirah J. Dow, BSE, MLS, PhD
    Associate Professor
    School of Library and Information Management
    Emporia State University
    Emporia, KS USA
    mdow@emporia.edu
  • 2. Students tend to not ask librarians
    for help. Don’t make this mistake!
  • 3. Why read this?
    Purpose of Presentation
    Doing a research project can be a challenge. You will need assistance from your school librarian (who has expertise in information seeking and technology use), science and math teachers, parents, and/or perhaps someone in your community who has specialized expertise. Each slide will help you to focus and help you to see what to do.
  • 4. Competition
    Motivation
    Excellence
    Creativity
    Recognition
    LOCAL REGIONAL STATE NATIONAL
    MATH, APPLIED SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING
  • 5. Get Involved
  • 6. Achievement
  • 7. Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) & School Library Standards for the 21st Century Learner (AASL)
    Your school librarian, science and math teachers can enable you to:
    inquire, think critically and again knowledge;
    draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations and create new knowledge;
    share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society; and
    pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
    Standards for the 21st Century Learner
    http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/AASL_LearningStandards.pdf
    STEM Education Coalition
    http://www.stemedcoalition.org/
  • 8. Scientific MethodFrancesco Redi, 1626-1697
    Formulate a scientific question
    Make observations
    Research the question
    Form a hypothesis
    Design a study
    Conduct an experiment
    Analyze data
    Draw conclusions
    Communication results
  • 9. Student ↔ STEM Educator ↔ School LibrarianTwo Stages of ResearchThis is stage #1.
    Preparation Stage
    Literature Context
    Research
    -> Topic -> Observation -> Question(s) -> Hypothesis ->
  • 10. Student ↔ STEM Educator ↔ School LibrarianTwo Stages of ResearchThis is stage #2.
    Experimental Stage
    Data Context
    Research
    -> Design -> Conduct ->Analysis ->Conclusions -> Communication
  • 11. Guided Inquiry-Research Process Model
    K – What do I Know? Literature review, research area, topic, context
     
    W – What do I Want to know? Research Questions
     
    F – How do I Find out? Method: What is the design of my study?
    Who will I question?
    What method will I use for data collection?
     
    L- What did I Learn? Results: data and data analysis
     
    U – How do I Use what I learned? Conclusions: Answer your research questions – What’s new? How does it apply to what is already known?
     
    N – What will I do Next time? Conclusions
    How can my study inform next research steps?
     
    Guided Inquiry model from
    Kuhlthau, C., Maniotes, L. K., and Caspari, A. K. (2007). Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st century. Libraries Unlimited.
     
    Representation of the Research Process model from
    Blaxter, L., Hughes, C., and Tight, M. (2006). How to research. Open University Press, pp. 8-9.
  • 12.
  • 13. One Page Research Proposal(Include these subheadings in your initial proposal.)
    Name, Grade, Today’s Date
    Research Category
    Title
    Problem
    Research Question
    Permission Request Plans
    Materials Needed
    Procedure
    Proposed Timeline
  • 14. Tips for Best Results
    Ask your school librarian for assistance by partnering with you and your teachers.
    Select a topic that matters and will address current needs of people in today’s society. Read and study about the topic so you really know it well.
    Ask your school librarian and science teacher to hold an informational meeting. Invite the adults who will assist you.
    Keep everything in your paper and/or electronic notebook; make good use of the electronic space (such as MyBackpack) provided at school. Complete assignments on time.
    Give yourself plenty of time to collect significant data.
    Learn the steps in the scientific process; know how this process can be applied to solving problems in everyday life.
    Create a clear, concise poster; fully explain data and conclusions; compare your findings to findings in prior studies.
    Write an excellent research paper. Use the required writing style, format and outline for contents.
    Present your study to many different audiences; speak with confidence and conviction. Have fun.
  • 15. References
    Academic Success: How library services make a difference. ACRL Thirteenth National Conference. Pg 141 - 157.
    http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/national/baltimore/papers/141.pdf
    American Association of School Librarians (2007). Standards for the 21st Century Learner.
    http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/standards.cfm
    Blaxter, L., Hughes, C., and Tight, M. (2006). How to research. Open University Press, pp. 8-9.
    Common Core State Standards Initiative
    http://www.corestandards.org/
    Dow, M. J. (2011). Broadcom MASTERS: School Librarians’ Roles in Middle School Science Fair Competition, School Library Monthly, to be published in November issue.
    Kansas Science and Engineering Fair
    http://kssciencefair.org/
    Kansas Science and Technology Fair, State Standards
    http://kssciencefair.org/resources/state-standards
    Kuhlthau, C., Maniotes, L. K., and Caspari, A. K. (2007). Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st century. Libraries Unlimited.
    Learning Skills for Information, Communication, and Media Literacy
    http://kssciencefair.org/content/upload/files/ictmap_science.pdf
    STEM Education Coalition
    http://www.stemedcoalition.org/
    Society for Science and the Public, Broadcom MASTERS Competition
    http://www.societyforscience.org/MASTERS
    What Students Don't Know. Inside Higher Ed. August 22, 2011:
    http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/08/22/erial_study_of_student_research_habits_at_illinois_university_libraries_reveals_alarmingly_poor_information_literacy_and_skills