Date Approved

8-2-1999

Embargo Period

7-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Willett, Holly G.

Subject(s)

Library orientation for school children

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

In an attempt to discover whether or not integrating the library curriculum into the classroom curriculum should be implemented, this study was designed to identify any advantages and/or disadvantages that this procedure may have. Two schools, chosen randomly, from each county in New Jersey were asked to participate. One librarian and four teachers from each school were sent questionnaires that consisted of one double-sided page of multiple choice and open-ended questions. Nine of 42 school library media specialists and 18 of 168 teachers of fifth and sixth grade students responded to this survey. Comparisons were made between responses from librarians of integrated and non-integrated libraries and between responses from teachers with school libraries that were integrated and school libraries that were non-integrated. All of the librarians from integrated and non-integrated libraries believed that the library curriculum should be incorporated into the classroom curriculum. All of the teachers with and without integrated school libraries supported curriculum integration. Librarians and teachers shared the opinion that curriculum integration not only increased student motivation, but also showed them the importance of learning across content areas and reinforcing skills. Lack of planning time was the only disadvantage cited in curriculum integration.

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