Date Approved

5-9-2005

Embargo Period

4-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, M. L.

Subject(s)

Elementary school libraries--New Jersey; Instructional materials personnel--New Jersey

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this experimental study was to determine which public relations methods would best inform the first through fifth grade classroom teaching staff at Holly Heights School about the work of the library media center, the roles of the library media specialist, and the research that states how important collaborative educational activities are for students, so that teaching staff members would choose to participate in some type of collaborative instructional activities with the library media specialist to benefit the students. This study was conducted with 18 first through fifth grade teaching staff members at Holly Heights Elementary School in Millville, New Jersey using three variables. Pre-experimental and post-experimental treatment observations were recorded and examined.

The researcher concluded that no one public relations method informed or influenced the subjects to actively seek out collaborative educational activities with the library media specialist. Other conclusions included the fact that there was an interest in collaborative activities in the future, that the amount of time for information sharing with the subjects needs to be increased, and that time to plan collaborative educational activities is a major concern to teachers.

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