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Elgin High School - Research


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Elgin High School - Research

  1. 1. A curriculum for excellence Research Creating a whole school approach Simple Consistent Reinforcing Cross-cutting
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>The Librarian had completed an MSC related to this topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Several teachers had commented that there was a need to improve pupils’ research skills within Elgin High School </li></ul><ul><li>The Librarian presented her ideas to staff during an in-service day workshop. </li></ul><ul><li>Many staff were keen to move these ideas forward and so it was decided to create an ‘Information Skills Work Group’ within Elgin High School. </li></ul><ul><li>It was felt that this approach fitted in well with Curriculum for Excellence and cross departmental working. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Work group approach <ul><li>The work group discussed where pupil’s specifically had problems within the research process </li></ul><ul><li>A range of strategies were discussed to help overcome these problem areas </li></ul><ul><li>To help achieve a whole school approach the group decided to create an information skills pack for all departments which highlighted the strategies discussed above. </li></ul><ul><li>So what did the pack include? </li></ul>
  4. 4. PLUS Poster <ul><li>A PLUS poster was created to help teach core research skills. Significant thought went in to the step-by-step approach highlighted within this model. </li></ul><ul><li>This PLUS model was adapted from James Herrings model on the LTS website. Permission was sought from James Herring to adapt this model. </li></ul><ul><li>This model allows for a consistent, memorable and logical approach. </li></ul><ul><li>All teachers were encouraged to display an A3 poster within their classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>All pupils also have an A5 copy of this model in their school diaries enabling the model to be accessible to them at all times. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The CAR model helps pupils to be more critical of Internet resources. </li></ul><ul><li>This model was recommended in the article ‘Internet Orientation’ from an American journal - The School Librarian’s Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Again this model aimed to allow for a consistent, memorable and logical approach and A3 posters were produced for all classroom teachers. </li></ul>CAR Poster
  6. 6. <ul><li>A joint Library/ Modern Studies research project has been developed to introduce first years to PLUS and CAR. This is taught between August and October. </li></ul><ul><li>A copy was included in the pack to help give teachers a clear idea of what pupils had been taught already. </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency and reinforcement was the aim. </li></ul>S1 Library/ Modern Studies Research Project
  7. 7. <ul><li>The Information Skills Work Group discussed a wide range of strategies to help teach research skills as a whole school approach. </li></ul><ul><li>Seven easy recommendations were included in a booklet. These were the strategies which were thought to work most realistically in practice within the Elgin High School context. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies included ways to prevent copying and pasting and ways to help boost pupils vocabulary and hierarchical understandings. </li></ul>Seven recommended strategies for teaching research
  8. 8. Impact and next steps <ul><li>Initial feedback has been positive with an increased number of departments buying in to this initiative </li></ul><ul><li>The library continues to play a key role </li></ul><ul><li>Continued support has been provided by the library through the following services: </li></ul><ul><li>Ad hoc talks (inc PLUS/ CAR refreshers) </li></ul><ul><li>Project boxes </li></ul><ul><li>Web-searches </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary loans </li></ul><ul><li>Other services if needed. </li></ul>