Elementary Principals' Views on the Relationship Between the School Library Media Center and Student Achievement

by Stitsinger, Emily E.

Abstract (Summary)
This study surveyed the opinions of principals on the relationship between the school library media center and student achievement. Principals from six local North Carolina school districts were invited to fill out a questionnaire online. Results were examined for correlations between principals' opinions on student achievement as it related to several variables. Questionnaire statements pertaining to student achievement, funding, technology, and communication were each analyzed. The findings from this study reaffirm the need for increased communication between the school library media specialist, principal, and faculty. They also expose the same uncertainty unearthed by previous studies that principals display when it comes to the connection between the school library media center and student achievement. The small response size prohibited any conclusive findings but did highlight areas for further research. While survey results only reflect principal opinions rather than demonstrated causality, they still suggest a disparity between principals' beliefs and current research in the field.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Evelyn Daniel

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:school libraries surveys student achievement north carolina principals opinions


Date of Publication:04/09/2006

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