Pritchard - S.P.O.T. on transitions: enhancing 21st century academic literacies in secondary school science students
S.P.O.T. on Transitions Peggy A. Pritchard, Associate Librarian LILAC 2012 University of Guelph, CANADA Parallel Session firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, April 12th
Formidable transition challenge Tremendous social and emotional development Pace of academic semester Increased cognitive demand of university-‐level courses
Academic library outreach to upper-‐year science teachers Three components: 1 Lesson plans Activities introduce students to scholarly literature in their own (familiar) context and require them to use new academic skills 2 Academic skills support resources 3 Additional resources for teachers
Customized to Ontario Science Curriculum subject/course code; grade level; topic; speciﬁc curriculum expectations met; required resources; content & teaching strategy of lesson Require students to ﬁnd, critically read and analyze scientiﬁc journal articles, and summarize their understanding guided by questions posed in writing template
Downloadable modules Searching for scientiﬁc journal articles using DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals <http://doaj.org> Paraphrasing Links to related resources for academic skills development Academic Integrity Guide for University Learning Guide for Time Management
Solution sets “Create your own journal articles assignment” Opportunity for feedback and support S.P.O.T. has been showcased at the annual conference of the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario. Response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Learning & Curriculum Support team Information literacy librarian Academic writing specialist Science learning consultant First year learning specialist Focus Group participants High school science teachers Freshmen students Instructors of ﬁrst year science courses
S.P.O.T. not limited to Ontario context can be adapted to reﬂect learning language, content and learning objectives of science curricula in other academic systems content of research and writing modules, can be extended in higher education additional resources linked to as-‐is, or used as model for development of new tutorials
Academic libraries can play central role in supporting students’ transition to learning in higher education S.P.O.T. empowers science teachers and, through them, their students
Access S.P.O.T. through www.lib.uoguelph.ca enter “SPOT for teachers” in search box Peggy A. Pritchard email@example.com Forthcoming publication Lackeyram, D., Pritchard, P.A., Garwood, K., & Mathany, C. (in Press). SPOT on transitions: Enhancing 21st century academic literacies in high school science students. In Burhanna, K.J. (ed). In Informed Transitions: Libraries Supporting the Student Transition to College. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.