Date Approved

5-9-2005

Embargo Period

4-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn

Subject(s)

Literature--Study and teaching (Elementary); Teacher-librarians

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine elementary school library media specialists' perceptions of the role of author and illustrator studies in the library curriculum. The study was conducted to measure the uses of author/illustrator studies and which techniques that teach authors and illustrators were considered most effective by elementary school library media specialists. Of the 46 respondents to the mail survey, 55% replied that author/illustrator studies were very important, 36% replied that they were important, and 9% replied that they were somewhat important. The majority of library media specialists responded that storytelling with brief biographies of authors/illustrators and author/illustrator visits were most effective. Opinions about the effects of author/illustrator studies on students' reading habits indicated a positive influence of author/illustrator studies on students' interest in reading more books by the featured authors and illustrators. Overall, the results supported current research which suggested that author/illustrator studies influenced students to develop more interest in reading.

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