Research Studies On the Value of The Media Specialist. Elisabeth McDowell MEDT 6466 Spring 2012. Is a School Library Media Specialist Really Important to Our School?. Yes, school library media specialists help students increase their academic achievement.
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Yes, school library media specialists help students increase their academic achievement.
Dr. Keith Lance and others have done studies on the importance of school media centers in 1993, 2000 and most recently in 2010.
For Dr. Lance’s 2010 third study , the Colorado and the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) was used again. This is assessment tool has been used in Colorado for fourteen years.
The study was done using 2007-2008 CSAP scores.
The 2010 study found that more students earned proficient or advanced reading scores when their schools had at least one full-time media specialist.
Schools with less than one media specialist had lower proficient and advanced reading scores for their students.
Schools that spent less money in their media centers showed lower reading scores.
These same schools had less students showing unsatisfactory reading scores.
More students achieved proficient or advance reading scores and less unsatisfactory scores based on the amount of periodicals and videos iin the school media collection.
Students have consistently shown higher reading scores and lower unsatisfactory scores when the media center is an integral part of a student’s school day.
The findings from these research studies shows that the role of the school media specialist and the media center are important in students making academic achievement gains.
Another research study titled: that have done similar research.How Students, Teachers and Principals Benefit From Strong School Libraries: The indiana study was done in 2007.
The results showed that when elementary schools with stronger school libraries (more weekly staff hours, larger collections, more visits, larger budgets) were compared to those with weaker libraries, stronger libraries showed increases in third-grade test results of seven to eleven percent.
The study also took into account the differences between races and socioeconomic status.
The Indiana study found some key findings that can serve as a guide for school media specialists and principals.
Ways That Principals Can Help: an active role in helping media specialists achieve positive results.Encourage collaboration between the slms and classroom teachersFlexible schedulingRegular meetings between the principal and slmsHaving the media specialist serve on key committees
Other Ways To Achieve Higher Academic Achievement: an active role in helping media specialists achieve positive results.The slms believes that the principals and teachers understand the importance of their roleCollaboration between the slms and the teacher when planning to incorporate information literacy standardsFamiliarity of the information literary standards by both the classroom teacher and the slms
Conclusion: an active role in helping media specialists achieve positive results.Research studies show that increased support for the slms and the media center help to improve student academic achievement. This cannot be done without support from teachers and especially from principals.
References an active role in helping media specialists achieve positive results.Colorado Department of Education. Assessment Csap/Tsap. Retrieved from: http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/CoAssess.aspFrancis, B. Lance, K. Leitzau, Z. (2010). chool librarians continue to help students achieve standards: the third colorado study (2010) Retrieved from: http://www.lrs.org/documents/closer_look/CO3_2010_Closer_Look_Report.pdfLance, Keith. Rodney, Marcia. Russell. Becky. (2007) How students, teachers, and principals benefit from strong school libraries: the indiana study—2007. Retrieved from: http://www.ilfonline.org/clientuploads/AIME/ExecutiveSummary.pdf