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Research Skills: Bridging the Gap Between High School and Post-Secondary LibGuide

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BCLA Roundtable | Research Skills: Bridging the Gap between High School and Post Secondary

BCLA Roundtable: Research Skills: Bridging the Gap between High School and Post Secondary
Facilitators: Leslie Barton, PVSS and Jennifer Sigalet, Okanagan College
April 22-24, 2010  Penticton BC  http://www.bclibraryconference.ca/  Participants: 15 maximum

Description:  This roundtable discussion will be of interest to librarians in postsecondary educational institutions and teacher-librarians.  Recent surveys have indicated that there is a gap between high school and postsecondary information literacy expectations concerning students’ research preparedness for postsecondary courses.  Come and discuss ways in which we as information literacy professionals can help bridge the gap between the high school information literacy preparedness and the expectations of first year post-secondary instructors.

Okanagan College librarian Jennifer Sigalet and Pleasant Valley Secondary librarian Leslie Barton will use video interviews of Okanagan College instructors Research Skills: Bridging the Gap between High School and Post Secondary, DVD  (16min) and condensed version - (4:24min) as a starting point for the discussion.
  Video filmed by Karen Tessier, Okanagan College, IT Services. 

BCLA Roundtable | VIDEO | Research Skills: Bridging the Gap between High School and Post Secondary

Research Skills: Bridging the Gap between High School and Post Secondary  (Video)
   Authors: Leslie Barton, lbarton@sd83.bc.ca  and Jennifer Sigalet, jsigalet@okanagan.bc.ca
   Filmed by Karen Tessier, Okanagan College, IT Services. 


   Online Video: Research Skills: Bridging the Gap between High School and Post Secondary (16 minutes)
                         or http://www.people.okanagan.bc.ca/ktessier/Library-research_09/LRV_WMV.html

                         Condensed version via this link:  condensed version -
4:24min

A high school and college librarian collaborated with the production of the video Research Skills: Bridging the Gap between High School and Postsecondary which features interviews of six university professors talking about what their research skills expectations are of first year students. The interviews confirm the results of ongoing studies and reports on information literacy and the significant gap between high school and first year university students’ preparedness for post-secondary education. 

The film assists in identifying where the information literacy shortfalls lie and will, as well, assist in promoting an awareness and intervention, through collaborative strategies, the continuing development of teaching and learning of information literacy skills in high school coursework and curricula in preparation for post secondary education. 

Pleasant Valley Senior Secondary collaborated in the Fall/Winter semesters 2008/2009 with Kalamalka Campus Library and Okanagan College IT Services to create a 16 minute DVD titled Research Skills: Bridging the Gap between High School and Post Secondary . Thank you to Leslie Barton (PVSS Teacher-Librarian) and Karen Tessier(OC IT Services) for their many hours of creating, filming, editing and producing this DVD, and to Kalamalka Campus students, instructors, the Success Centre, and the Kalamalka Library who all participated in this production.

Guiding Questions

Research Skills
Video Interview Questions

1 - Professor’s name and area of teaching.

2 - What typical use is made of the college library by your classes  (perhaps example(s)of a research project you might assign)?  What is the role of the librarian in the process? . 

3 - What are your expectations in regards to quality of information sources? 
Subtopics could include: peer reviewed material / print resources / online resources / databases (online, CD ROM) / number of sources used / research notes or rough drafts of work / citation of sources.

4 - What is your policy in regards to plagiarized words and ideas?  What is the policy of the college?  How do you know when/if something is plagiarized?

5 - Ideally, what research skills would you like 1st year college students to come equipped with (that they often don’t have?)?

October, 2008   LBarton, PVSS Librarian

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