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Research skills and curriculum support in the school library

The school library – and librarian – can play a crucial role in supporting your curriculum projects and by teaching crucial research and other skills. But how can school librarians engage with teaching staff and kick-start effective collaboration? Valerie Dewhurst advises

Research skills include the ability to search for, find, collect, analyse, interpret and evaluate information that is relevant to subject areas. As educators, we are all aware that research shapes the future – it teaches us new things and helps us to adapt and evolve. Therefore, what better place to start your research than in the school library?

So, as librarians, how can we encourage teachers to start their research project in the school library? One way is to showcase what can be achieved. A short video showcasing a piece of research that has been undertaken, a fabulous display of work and maybe even some feedback from colleagues who have successfully carried out a project with students can be effective.

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