School libraries and teacher-librarians : evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning

Hughes, Hilary E. (2013) School libraries and teacher-librarians : evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning. Curriculum and Leadership Journal, 11(12).

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Abstract

International research provides compelling evidence that school libraries and teacher-librarians make a significant contribution to student literacy and learning outcomes. After summarising previous research, this article presents recent research focused on Gold Coast schools. These new Australian findings present an evidenced based snapshot of school libraries and teacher-librarians, from the principals’ perspective. They indicate that school NAPLAN scores for reading and writing were generally higher when student-to-library staff ratios were lower (i.e. better) and when the school employed a teacher-librarian. In light of the National Plan for School Improvement, the findings are of potential interest to education authorities, policy makers, school leadership teams, teacher-librarians, teachers, parents and researchers. They offer evidence to inform policy development and strategic planning for school libraries and professional staffing.

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ID Code: 63171
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This short article provides a synopsis of 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: http://www.slaq.org/research
See also refereed article: Hughes, H., Leigh, T., Osborne, M., Fraser, S., Kahl, C. & Reynolds, H. (2013). School libraries, teacher-librarians and literacy at Gold Coast schools: Research findings. Synergy, 11(2), n.p. (via QUT eprints)
Keywords: school libraries, teacher-librarians, Gold Coast, Australia, literacy, numeracy, learning outcomes, NAPLAN, schools
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Education Services Australia
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2013 23:07
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2013 06:55

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