Thursday, January 29, 2009

Achieving Educational Standards Using the Big6

Murray, Janet R. Achieving Educational Standards Using the Big6. Columbus, OH: Linworth Publishing, 2008. ISBN 1-58683-301-4 379.1580973 Murra

Note: This well-researched and easy-to-read book focuses on how to correlate and integrate multiple educational standards into information literacy units around the Big6 model. These specifics jump out at me:
  • This resource is useful even if you do not use Big6 because the ideas are easily adaptable.
  • The explanation about the evolution of educational standards is straightforward and easy to understand.
  • Several tables illustrate the correlations among various standards, including SCANS, ICT Literacy Proficiences, Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, NETS, and subject-related standards.
  • 6 of the 14 chapters are devoted to the major steps of the Big6 model, 1 chapter per step.
  • 10 instructional units are included (2 each for primary and elementary and 3 each for middle and high school). -- Jen

Review from Library Media Connection
An in-depth look at how to support the classroom teacher by using the Big6 Research Model is discussed in settings for K-12 libraries. The book shows how national standards evolved and gives examples of lessons targeted to specific standards. It also looks at how information technology standards fit into the school library setting. The text is enhanced with many Web sites and additional resources. Examples are given for teaching a variety of curriculum areas by highlighting each of the steps in the Big6 model. The reader will find valuable information for reviewing and using appropriate Web sites when teaching information seeking strategies. Author Janet Murray also addresses how to design essential questions that will make it difficult for students to copy and paste information in their final project. There are well-developed instructional units that can be adapted to specific needs, including a unit designed for kindergarten where the students explore safety on the playground. This well-planned and well-written book will provide support for librarians who are constantly being asked to justify their positions. Even if you are not using the Big6, you’ll find this book valuable, because you’ll be able to identify areas in which you can use its elements to enhance learning. Highly Recommended. Nelda Brangwin, Librarian, Cherry Valley Elementary School, Duvall, Washington. Library Media Connection, August/September 2008