Date Approved

4-15-1997

Embargo Period

8-30-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Levy, Lynne

Subject(s)

Thomas E. Bowe Elementary School (Glassboro, N.J.); Library orientation for children

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis was to develop a library curriculum for grades four through six for the Thomas E. Bowe Elementary School, Glassboro, New Jersey.

After many new additions of computer technology to the media center, such as CD-ROMs, the Internet and an on-line catalog, as well as changes in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, it was determined that the old curriculum was outdated and in need of revision.

To determine what changes should be made in this curriculum, students and teachers were surveyed to assess their current and future needs. Several schools with successfully integrated library media programs were also visited so their programs could be seen and evaluated for possible ideas. Many books and journal articles pertaining to the topic were read for their insight and relevancy on integrating media/technology skills with the curriculum.

The curriculum guide suggests ideas for integrating library/technology skills into the school's curriculum. Increasing students' awareness of, and ability to use, technology will help to prepare them for the 21st century, as well as help to create life-long learners.

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