Dec 10 2009
Survey of Scottish school librarians and their knowledge and use of Curriculum for Excellence
Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. There were a total of 74 responses of which 72 were from the secondary sector – a response rate of 20%.
The survey suggests that the school librarians are tending to concentrate primarily on the Learning Experiences and Outcomes and not the Principle Papers which are said to be “essential reading for staff” and “a range of practitioners” including themselves as the following quote demonstrates.
It is expected that the literacy experiences and outcomes and this accompanying paper [principles and practice], will be read by a range of practitioners, including those who work in school library resource centres, who make an enormous contribution to the literacy skills of children and young people.
33 respondents (75%) indicated that they had identified ways in which information literacy can be used to achieve or assist achievement of the experiences and outcomes.
26 respondents (53%) replied that they are or have been involved in any piloting activities, created any new activities or updated existing activities based upon the experiences and outcomes.
28 responses were generated to the question of ‘How can school librarians optimise their efforts to support information literacy and the Curriculum for excellence Experiences and Outcomes locally and nationally?’ The main points which were frequently repeated were:
- becoming involved in school activities through school committees such as literacy teams,
- getting the support of the head teacher,
- demonstrating an understanding of the aims of CfE,
- supporting cross curricular activities,
- developing links with primary schools,
- being involved in all discussions and training and in-service opportunities,
- liaising closely with subject departments,
- working with other school library colleagues,
- working with teachers to standardise terminology,
- promoting a whole school approach
- involving Learning and Teaching Scotland.
The full results and findings are to be written up for publication including articles for
The School Librarian - The Curriculum for Excellence: knowledge, engagement and contribution by Scottish school librarians, Chrisitne Irving to be published in 2010.
Aslib Proceedings - The Scottish Information Literacy Project and school libraries, John Crawford and Christine Irving to be published in 2010.
Other publications being looked at are education publications.