M.A. in School and Public Librarianship
Special Educational Services/Instruction
College of Education
Willett, Holly G.
Computer-assisted instruction; Information literacy--Study and teaching (Elementary)
Library and Information Science
In an attempt to determine if computer technology helps elementary students achieve information literacy, a quasi-experiment was conducted using the Solomon four-group design with two fourth grade and two fifth grade classes. Information Literacy Standards from Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning and Eisenberg and Berkowitz' Big 6™ Information Literacy model were used to structure the experiment. The researcher was a participant observer, the school's librarian. Two classes were pretested and posttested, the other two were only posttested following Solomon four-group protocol. The researcher used a rubric to assess students at each step of the Big 6™ Information Literacy model in the course of their information problem-solving search. The scores from the pre- and posttests were not conclusive in themselves. While one class demonstrated improvement on its posttest scores, all the classes' posttest scores were within a few percentage points of each other. Likewise, the Rubric for Assessment determined the four groups to be "adequate" or slightly better at each of the Big 6™ steps. The role of the teacher-librarian was also studied and found to be crucial. Continuing study of teacher-librarian roles is recommended as computer technology advances and its use continues to increase in education.
Calvanico, David, "Can computer technology help elementary students achieve information literacy?" (2000). Theses and Dissertations. 1641.