Collaboration Between Middle School Teachers and the Media Specialist in a North Carolina Middle School
Christopher L. Howell, The College of St. Scholastica, United States
The College of St. Scholastica . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to investigate the barriers to collaboration between the media specialist and teachers. This study helped me eliminate those barriers and build a model for collaboration at Ayden Middle School. First, I had to explore Ayden Middle school’s perspective on collaboration. In order to do this, I interviewed the principal, interviewed and surveyed the teachers and surveyed the students. To determine the principal’s perception of collaboration, and how he would rate the collaboration between the teachers and media specialist, I discussed the Loertscher Taxonomy scale with him. I also wanted to know what the teachers perceived as a barrier to collaboration. The teachers rated the collaboration between themselves and the media specialist using the Loertscher Taxonomy Scale. Some teachers seldom collaborated with the media specialist, and I wanted to determine what barriers to collaboration they perceived. I also wanted to find out how often the teachers collaborated with the media specialist and what effect this collaboration experience had on students’ grades. The students were given a survey using Google docs in which they were asked questions about several aspects of the media center and about the media specialist. This gave me the students’ perspective about the media center, and my role as a media specialist. In my investigation, I found one of the major concerns for teachers was time. They all felt they needed more time to collaborate with the media specialist. They also believe the county needs to hire a technology facilitator and a full time media assistant for Ayden Middle School. They believe this will give the media specialist time to collaborate and plan lessons with the teachers.
Howell, C.L. Collaboration Between Middle School Teachers and the Media Specialist in a North Carolina Middle School. Master's thesis, The College of St. Scholastica.
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