NOTE: This resource is behind a PAYWALL but is a highly valuable listing for my Curation Collection. This is another article by Carol Kuhlthau, in which she discusses the vital role that teacher-librarians have in schools as they progress and change in the information age. She identifies that the school library is a central and vital hub in inquiry-based learning and the teacher-librarian has the expertise, skills and knowledge to facilitate learning and access to its resources. She identifies the important role of team teaching and collaboration, with the teacher-librarian and teachers. The article also highlights the need for teacher-librarians to advocate, lead the way and foster new ways of thinking about learning and progressing through the 21st century and the progressive information age.
This resource explores the positive role that a school librarian can play in collaborating with teachers to foster students with inquiry learning, and also the resources that are available within the school library. This also includes providing a productive learning space and support staff who are skilled in inquiry and information literacy. There are practical ideas to develop students’ and teachers’ inquiry skills, as well as providing suggestions to provide spaces in a library for inquiry learning. There are also links to other articles, to further develop understanding.
This article is based on a research project with students in a Hong Kong primary school. Even though, it is an international setting, the issues are relevant to Australian students- showing a lack of crucial information literacy and IT skills. The study investigates how these skills can be improved by combining a collaborative teaching approach with an inquiry learning pedagogy. It looks at how three types of teachers work together with the school librarian in guiding Grade 4 students through two projects. It focuses on two major roles of a school librarian: collaborative teaching and information literacy. This can be further facilitated by the IT skills of the librarian, too. This research project can be found in many other articles and is referenced frequently.
This article by Carol Kuhlthau identifies the ‘new skills, knowledge and ways of learning to prepare students for living and working in the 21st century.’ She acknowledges the importance of guided inquiry in preparing students for the vast changes and challenges in their ever-changing world. By identifying that school libraries form a vital and progressive hub for learning, she also recognises that school librarians play a very important role in managing this resource and also form a partnership with teachers and students to enable learning and nurture this process. They have expertise in research and information literacy. It is a very valuable article, with depth and practical ideas. There is a comprehensive list of references.
The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) is a valuable resource for teacher-librarians, which offers real-life examples of practices in Australian school libraries. This article by Pru Michell and Sue Spence outlines the changes that have taken place in our school libraries over the past decade, in particular, Guided Inquiry. The article addresses questions about the role and implementation of Guided Inquiry in schools and how research models have changed. There are many references listed for further reading.
This article focuses on the role that the teacher-librarian plays in assitsing students with their own curiousity and inquiries. The teacher-librarian can facilitate, motivate and guide students as they explore experiences. It explores the pedagogy of inquiry learning and asking the right questions, with a chapter entitled: How can school librarians help? It is a brief article, but it is relevant and offers references for further research.
NOTE: This resource is behind a PAYWALL but is a highly valuable listing for my Curation Collection. Dr Mandy Lupton is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at QUT, Brisbane. She writes about her current research with teacher-librarians in Queensland schools. This paper investigates the role of the teacher-librarian in facilitating inquiry learning from two perspectives: (a) student-centred investigation; and (b) teaching a process. This paper is very valuable and relevant to my role as a teacher-librarian in a Queensland school.
This whole journal is dedicated to Inquiry, but the significant and most useful article is titled: Making the Shift- from traditional research assignments to guided inquiry learning (pages 10-19). This article identifies that a school librarian’s role has changed and that their knowledge is invaluable, particularly with regards to inquiry learning. They are an expert teacher and form an important role in the collaborative planning and implementation of inquiry learning. The article provides a framework for designing inquiry learning and understanding its attributes. The research phases were clearly explained and the association with the stages of inquiry. There are diagrams to assist with understanding.