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Small, R. & Snyder, J. (2010). Research Instruments for Measuring the Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement and Motivation

Abstract: A two-year study of public school library programs was conducted in one of the largest and most diverse states in the nation---New York. This three-phase study extends previous statewide library impact studies by using multiple research methods with multiple stakeholders to investigate the school library’s impact on: (1) student achievement, (2) motivation for learning, and (3) technology use, as well as a range of other variables (e.g., principal-librarian relationship, librarian-teacher collaboration, library services and resources for students with disabilities). This article describes the design, development, testing and validation of online survey instruments used in the first two phases of this research. The article concludes with a number of recommendations for ways in which these instruments might be used by school library professionals to assess the impact of their programs and services on students in their schools and districts.

Subject categories: 5, 11

Abstract Submitted by Janice Newsum, Florida State University

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