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AASL President Commends Teen Digital Research Report

Publication: ALA (American Library Association) News
Date: December 6, 2012

Summary: The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) commends the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, the College Board, and the National Writing Project for the recently published report, How Teens Do Research in the Digital World.

 

Excerpt from Press Release

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) commends the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, the College Board and the National Writing Project for the recently published report, How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. The report shares findings on a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers about their students' research habits and the impact of technology on their studies.

Susan Ballard, AASL president, released the following statement regarding the report:

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World is a must read for educational decision-makers and concerned community members. The report points out both explicit and implied rationale related to the importance of the need for qualified school librarians to be at the forefront of collaborative instructional design, delivery and assessment related to the development of effective student researchers. The study validates much of what school librarians observe as they work with students, including the positive impact of greater access to a wider variety of digital resources and engaging multimedia. . . .

Most significantly, the survey results find teachers do not express consensus as it relates to when research skills should be taught and by whom. This constitutes a call to action for learning communities everywhere to step up and ensure that they are engaged in a strategic effort to attend to this issue. AASL addressed the teaching of research skills in the discussion of effective practices for inquiry in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Empowering Learners promotes the best practice of shared responsibility and instructional collaboration with teachers across grade levels and content. Students benefit from the joint development and design of assured opportunities to use the information search process from the elementary grades onward in order to scaffold research skills, dispositions, responsibilities and self assessment strategies that will serve them for a lifetime.

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