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Gauging the Impact of Teacher and Teacher-Librarian Collaboration

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Gauging the Impact of Teacher and Teacher-Librarian Collaboration

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COMMENT:

This feature usually reports a research study and its usefulness in a school library program. No studies were found gauging the impact of individual or group collaborations between teachers and teacher-librarians. Therefore, the TL editors have proposed an action research study for your use. We encourage you to carry out a study and report the results for possible publication-e-mail your findings to David Loertscher at davidlibrarian@gmail.com.

Background: Administrators and teachers may be interested in the value-added benefits accrued when a classroom teacher and the teacher-librarian collaborate to plan, implement, and evaluate a learning experience taught together. This proposed action research study could be done every time that a collaborative unit happens or just with selected collaborations. The results should be reported by the team to the administrator on a regular basis.

Research Questions: What percentage of learners meet or exceed learning expectations when a classroom teacher and a teacher-librarian team-teach a unit of instruction? How does that percentage compare with the normal success rate when classroom teachers teach alone?

Method:

Step 1 : Ask the teacher to judge each student on how well he or she meets or exceeds the expectations of a unit of instruction. Divide the class into three groups: high achievers, average achievers, and challenged students. Compute the percentage for each group. …

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