Sunday, October 28, 2007

One Last Search

Creating a citation pearl from the ASP hit on improving student literacy, I used the terms "literacy", "motivation", and "reading". WorldCat on TWU's database returned 115 hits. I limited the search to the years 2000-2007. The first two looked promising:

Engaging young readers : promoting achievement and motivation / Author: Baker, Linda.; Dreher, Mariam Jean. Publication: New York : Guilford Press, 2000
Document: English : Book Internet Resource Libraries Worldwide: 681 TEXAS WOMAN'S UNIV LIBR
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Literacy and young children : research-based practices / Author: Barone, Diane M.; Morrow, Lesley Mandel. Publication: New York : Guilford Press, 2003
Document: English : Book Internet Resource Libraries Worldwide: 661 TEXAS WOMAN'S UNIV LIBR
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Specific Facet First

Searching again, this time in ASP in the TWU database. Using the exact phrase, "improving student literacy" resulted in one hit again. Still, it looks like a good one.

Improve Student Literacy: Pick Up a Book and Read.Find More Like This
Bouchard, David
Teacher Librarian; Feb2003, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p63, 1p
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Presents an article on improving student literacy by reading. Factor needed to motivate children to read; Advantages of reading; Key to reading in schools.
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Successive Fraction

Continuing with my search on how to improve students' literacy by using the school library, I entered the database of Library Lit on the Texas Women's University website.

I limited my search to s1 student reading achievement AND s2 assessment and narrowed the search down to the years between 2000 and 2007. Surprisingly, the search gave exactly 1 hit, but it seems to be a good one and right on the topic. It is posted below:

A reading report card for library media specialists
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Barron, Daniel D.
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School Library Media Activities Monthly
School Library Media Activities Monthly v. 18 no. 5 (January 2002) p. 48-51
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An overview of the findings from the federally mandated survey of student achievement known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress is provided. A discussion of what these results mean for library media specialists and suggestions to help library media specialists improve children's reading skills are provided.
Children's reading/Educational aspects; National Assessment of Educational Progress
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Feature Article
Education; Library & Information Science
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Dialog and ERIC

Using DIALOG and the database ERIC, I conducted a basic building block search using the terms "reading achievement", "student evaluation", and " student motivation". This was done to research how libraries in public schools can help increase student literacy. These gave me a return of only 6 hits which included one on NCLB.

The first hit is seen below:

11/2/1 DIALOG(R)File 1:ERIC (c) format only 2007 Dialog. All rts. reserv. 0011932008 ERIC Number: ED497327 Reading Assessment: A Primer for Teachers and Coaches. Second Edition. Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy Caldwell, JoAnne Schudt 293 pp. Guilford Publications 2008 (20080000) ISBN: 1-5938-5580-X; 978-1-5938-5580-2 Available From: Guilford Press. 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012. Tel: 800-365-7006; Tel: 212-431-9800; Fax: 212-966-6708; e-mail:; Web site: Language: English Document Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher Record Type: Abstract Record Status: New Year Added: 2007 Journal Announcement: AUG2007 Educational Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education Target Audience: Students; Support Staff; Teachers Number of Reference: 0 Descriptors: Standardized Tests; Beginning Reading; Reading Fluency; Reading Processes; Informal Reading Inventories; High Stakes Tests; Emergent Literacy; Reading Achievement; Reading Tests; Reading Instruction; Reading Skills; Student Evaluation; Professional Development; Student Motivation; Educational Assessment; Word Recognition; Reading Comprehension; Elementary Education; Teaching Methods Dialog Update Date: 070924; 19:08:08 EST
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