Date Approved

5-1-2001

Embargo Period

6-1-2016

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)

Media programs (Education); School librarians

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

In the twenty-first century, the World Wide Web is being utilized more at home and in our school systems. The use of the WWW is transforming our learning institutions. Students must be information literate in order to critically evaluate the information they read on the WWW. The purpose of this study was to investigate the degree to which School Library Media (SLM) specialists in Camden County, New Jersey were teaching middle school students the appropriate skills needed to become critical thinkers when using Web sites on the Internet, and what methods/search strategies these SLM specialists used in teaching. Questionnaires were mailed to 117 middle SLM specialists in Camden County, New Jersey. An overall response rate of 55% (64 out of 117) was obtained; however a usable rate of 52% (61 out of 117) provided the results. The survey results indicated that 75% of the computers in the media centers have Internet accessibility and that 85% of the SLM specialists strongly agree or agree that the teaching of critical thinking skills is part of their professional responsibility. However, only a small portion of the SLM specialists (36%) teach Web site evaluation.

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