Ruth V. Small, PhD, is Laura J. & L. Douglas Meredith Professor and Director of the School Media Program in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University (iSchool @ Syracuse). Her expertise is in the area of motivation, which she applies to a variety of information contexts, including inquiry teaching and learning in libraries. She has received two major national awards for her research in this area and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, including six books. Her current research focuses on the librarian’s role in fostering children’s creativity and innovative thinking; she shares some of her findings in this book. As founding director of Syracuse University’s Center for Digital Literacy, Ruth has led or co-led more than 20 funded projects, including S.O.S. for Information Literacy, a multimedia database of lesson plans and teaching ideas, PLUS: Preparing Librarians for Urban Schools, a program for preservice librarians committed to working in high-needs school libraries, and Project ENABLE: Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere, a project to train school librarians on ways to design and implement effective programs, resources, and services for students with disabilities. She has 12 years of experience as a K–12 classroom teacher and school librarian.
- About the Authors
The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL’s) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner define “inquiry” as a “stance toward learning in which the learner is engaged in asking questions and finding answers, not simply accumulating facts presented by someone else that have no relation to previous learning or new understanding. Inquiry follows a continuum of learning experiences, from simply discovering a new idea or an answer to a question to following a complete inquiry process.”
Inquiry is a crucial vantage point for teaching information literacy, but where can school librarians turn for help meeting those standards?
Written by a “dream team” of school library leaders, Teaching for Inquiry will focus on this process, helping school library media specialists actively engage and motivate their students in learning. The authors go over the most important instructional models and help readers integrate these and new standards into their own teaching.
The book even comes with a companion website including videos of librarians teaching and student learning that bring the various teaching techniques and motivational strategies described in the book to life!
The planning tools, models, and methods featured in Teaching for Inquiry will provide essential guidance to librarians looking to engage their students in the world of information.
Check out this title's companion website!