Williams Dorothy, Wavell Caroline & Coles Louisa (2001). Impact of School Library Services on Achievement and Learning : Critical literature review of the impact of school library services on achievement and learning to inform the work of the DfES Task Group. Aberdeen : Robert Gordon University. En ligne : <http://www.rgu.ac.uk/fi ... Library%20Services1.pdf>.
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This critical literature review examines research linking educational attainment and school library use at secondary level. The study was funded by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries to inform the work of the DfES Task Group set up to implement actions contained in the Governmentâ€™s response to â€śEmpowering the Learning Communityâ€·0i0k0i0n0d0x. The work was conducted during the last three months of 2001.
The aims of the literature review were to examine evidence from research conducted in the UK and abroad linking learning, in its widest sense encompassing processes and attitudes, and library provision, including the type of resources, nature of access and staffing of provision. The evidence was then analysed in relation to its applicability to school libraries and Schools Library Services in England; methodologies that could be used to assess impact of library provision on learning; and any gaps in the research.
There was a body of research supporting the view that school libraries can have a positive impact on academic achievement, particularly at the primary and early secondary level and with appropriate action to ensure the service delivery is efficient and effective. However, much of this evidence was from countries where school librarians also have teaching training and more research would be needed to determine the extent to which the evidence is transferable. There is limited but significant research demonstrating the view that school libraries have the potential to impact on the broader aspects of learning, including vulnerable or special needs students.
Where there is evidence of impact on learning, there are associated key factors of collection levels, library staffing levels and collaboration between the librarian and teacher. Training of teachers and librarians is demonstrated to raise mutual understanding of each otherâ€™s contribution and roles within the school library setting and training should include information skills development, collection mapping, planning and evaluation.
There is no clear evidence to indicate the contribution made to learning by the various models of school library provision, although flexible scheduling appears to be an important factor in encouraging student use. The presence of a librarian and the quality and frequency of their instructional input has an impact on learning but the relationship between this and qualifications
and personal attributes and experience is less clear. However, school librarians who take a professional and proactive approach to their role within the school can cite evidence of their impact on teaching and learning; and are more able to reflect, self-evaluate and develop further.
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