School libraries, teacher-librarians and literacy at Gold Coast schools : research findings

Hughes, Hilary E., Leigh, Toni, Osborne, Marj, Fraser, Sally, Kahl, Christine, & Reynolds, Helen (2013) School libraries, teacher-librarians and literacy at Gold Coast schools : research findings. Synergy, 11(2).

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This paper reports research about school libraries, teacher-librarians and their contribution to literacy development. It presents an evidenced based snapshot, from the principals’ perspective, of 27 school libraries in the Gold Coast area of Australia. These new Australian findings show:

• an evidenced based snapshot of school libraries and teacher-librarians, from the principals’ perspective • indications that school NAPLAN scores for reading and writing were generally higher when (a) student to library staff ratios were lower (i.e. better) and (b) the school had a teacher-librarian.

The research responds to the Australian Government inquiry into school libraries and teacher-librarians (2010-11) which identified an urgent need for current data about provision and staffing of school libraries and their influence on student literacy and learning. In light of the National plan for school improvement (Australian Government, 2013), the findings are of potential interest to education authorities, school leadership teams, teacher-librarians, teachers and researchers. They offer evidence to inform policy development, strategic planning and advocacy about school libraries and teacher-librarians in supporting the reading, literacy and learning needs of 21st century learners.

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ID Code: 63170
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This paper reports research arising from a partnership between School Library Association of Queensland (SLAQ) and QUT that was funded by SLAQ.
The full research report is available on the SLAQ web site at:
Keywords: school libraries, teacher-librarians, literacy, reading, learning outcomes, NAPLAN, Australia, Gold Coast, primary schools, secondary schools, combined schools, school principals, survey
ISSN: 1448-5176
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2013 23:13
Last Modified: 01 May 2014 06:30

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