The Effects of Pre-Service Training on Collaboration Between Classroom Teachers and Media Specialists
An electronic survey of 40 elementary teachers of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district in the Triangle area of North Carolina was conducted to determine the effects of pre-service training on how often teachers collaborate with school library media specialists. Teachers were asked if they had received training in the media center and collaborating with media specialists, and were also asked to report the number of times they had collaborated in the previous semester. Although a statistical relationship between the amount of pre-service training in collaboration and frequency of collaboration was not established, the survey indicated that teachers who had received information about the media center in general were more likely to collaborate with media specialists. In order to increase instructional partnerships, it is recommended that schools of education increase information about the media center in their curriculum to better prepare pre-service teachers to collaborate with media specialists.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:school libraries evaluation relations with teachers and curriculum preparation surveys
Date of Publication:07/09/2007