I had the privilege of attending the 3rd International Research Symposium (PDF) at the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) in the US at the end of April.
The inimitable Dr. Ross Todd led the two day symposium. He kicked us off early on Friday with the challenge to “Be! Do! Become!” This refrain throughout the symposium encouraged us to apply these terms to ourselves and to also create environments for students that allow them to “Be, Do, Become”; environments that encourage and enable students to take an active, participatory role in their own learning.
Piaget wrote: “The principle goal of education …should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.” Ross used this quote to create a frame for our discussions of Guided Inquiry and the future school library.
The Focus question for the two days was: “How can schools prepare to deliver a 21st century education for digital youth?”
Researchers and practitioners from around the world responsed through fantastic presentations and a series of focused discussions. All participants also engaged with the idea of: “the changing face of the information landscape in schools, the creation of innovative information-for-learning environments, and the imagining of school libraries”. We all contributed to the development of ideas and discussions that will feed into the creation of a white paper on this topic.
Participating in this symposium and learning from researchers and especially practitioners around the dual themes of Guided Inquiry, and Digital youth and creative technologies for learning was incredibly stimulating and exciting.
The work happening in libraries in Australia, the US and Sweden using the Information Search Process in evidence based practice is incredible. Teams of librarians and teachers, many using the SLIM toolkit (PDF) to guide their practice, assess learning outcomes and gather evidence, presented marvellous case studies of student learning supported by video reflections of students.
Look out for more posts in this blog about the symposium content.