Date Approved

5-10-2007

Embargo Period

3-24-2016

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)

School librarians; Teachers--Training of

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine pre-service teacher training and/or exposure to the potential collaborative role of the teacher-librarian. The study used a short written survey questioning pre-service teachers about any instances of collaboration with a school library media specialist, knowledge about and exposure to collaborative ideas or methods involving school library media specialists throughout their teacher preparation program, and attitudes towards the roles of the school library media specialist. The population for this survey was pre-service teachers that had been contacted through their field experience or education departments or through face to face contact. Pre-service teachers were invited to respond to either an electronic posting through Survey Monkey (www.surveymonkey.com, 2006) or by a hard copy survey handed to them. The results indicated that the pre-service teachers saw the LMS as performing the more traditional roles of Information Specialist and Library Administrator, rather than as an Instructional Partner or Teacher. They also participated, discussed, or observed low-level collaborative activities for the most part, such as asking a librarian for books rather than higher-level collaborative activities such as planning a lesson with a librarian. It was concluded that teacher education programs must increase the amount of teacher-librarian collaboration.

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