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Carol A. Gordon

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Research Directions

My research is at the intersection of information and learning where I explore the information behavior of adolescents. I am interested in the place of information in inquiry-based information literacy instruction and interventions that facilitate information processing and learning. My current research investigates traditional literacies and transliteracies in print and digital formats, and the management of library collections. As Co-Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries I conduct Impact studies to determine how school libraries influence teaching and learning and how they can contribute to school reform. Lastly, I am interested in the qualitative research tools that can lead to rich findings that are rigorous, credible, and efficiently communicated. Each of my research themes addresses my study of the information-to-knowledge connection.
GUIDED INQUIRY is a teaching approach that uses the Information Search Process as a monitoring tool to track information users’ progress through the stages of task initiation, exploration, topic selection, information collection, and presentation of a learning outcome. The research goal is to examine how inquiry-based learning in 21st century schools can be developed, implemented and measured, and how it can play a role in school improvement and reform.
LITERACY is changing as reading migrates to digital spaces and virtual worlds. Issues of motivation, engagement, and comprehension are re-defined by new media and emerging genres. The research goal is to examine reading, writing, and literacy development in a range of contexts and across a range of platforms, tools and media.
INFORMATION UTILIZATION AND KNOWLEDGE CONSTRUCTION addresses the information-to-knowledge connection, the role of information in learning, multiple models of information literacy which are determined by each disciplines’ unique way of knowing, or building knowledge. The research goal is to examine the dynamics of how young people utilize and transform information into knowledge and the development of research-validated tools and methodologies for charting information-to-knowledge processes and outcomes in schools.
EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE uses evidence generated from instruction, as well as formal research findings to continuously improve the performance of learners and teachers. It promotes reflective thinking for students who are aware of their learning and for instructors who continuously monitor student progress. Action research, as a tool of evidence-based practice, builds on Guided Inquiry to develop the concept of rich and stimulating learning tasks and reflective thinking in the information and learning processes. The research goal is to examine authentic, or performance-based assessments and action research as tools of evidence-based practice, and to explore new measures to study their effects.
SCHOOL LIBRARIES help students learn and achieve promoting interaction with information, by integrating technology with learning, and by providing diagnostic and prescriptive help. Collaborative models of teaching and learning emphasize reflective thinking and continuous revision and improvement. The study of these phenomena aims to re-define how youth is educated in the 21st century. The research goal is to examine the dynamics of effective school libraries and develop measures to evaluate new conceptualizations of a school library.
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS are changing to accommodate the study of digital information processing and use and the emphasis on the role of information in knowledge construction. The research goal is to examine new approaches and test adaptations of existing methods.

Grants

Funded Grants and Contracts

09/11-06/12 U.S. Department of Education, Delaware Department of Education, Title IIA, Professional Development Funding. Principal Administrator. Summer Reading Plus, $59,185.
09/10-06/11 U.S. Department of Education, Delaware Department of Education, Professional Development Funding. Principal Administrator. Summer Reading Plus, $8,646.
04/09-12/11 New Jersey Association of School Librarians. "One Common Goal: Student Learning." Co-Principal Investigator, $ 120,000.
09/10-06/11 U.S. Department of Education, Delaware Department of Education, Professional Development Funding. Principal Investigator. Summer Reading Plus and Action Research, $ 22,341.
09/09-06/10 U.S. Department of Education, Delaware Department of Education, Title IIA, Professional Development Funding. Principal Investigator. Literacy, School Success, $ 22,400.
09/08-06/09 Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries. “School Administrator’s Support for School Libraries: The Impact on Student Achievement”. Co-Principal investigator, $80,000.
02/08-12/09 Scholastic Publishing, Guided Inquiry for 21st Century Learning. Professional Development Research Project, Principal Investigator, $20,000.
09/08-10/09 School Library Association of Victoria (Australia), Guiding the Inquiry. Co-Principal Investigator with Ross Todd, $20,000.
09/07-06/08 Rutgers University, Grant to Get Grants, $1, 400. Principal Investigator.
09/01/00/02 Boston University, Information Technology Grant Program (ITGP), Principal Investigator, $10,000.