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The Big6 in Elementary Schools by Eisenberg and Berkowitz

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The Big6 in Elementary Schools by Eisenberg and Berkowitz

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The Big6 in Elementary Schools by Eisenberg and Berkowitz

39.95

This practical book enables elementary educators, classroom teachers, library media and technology specialists, and administrators to understand and implement the Big6 approach to information and technology skills learning.

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

The authors point out that their model for problem solving is not unique, but that its application to the world of information and technology gives it relevance. The six steps they prescribe are: "Task Definition," "Information Seeking Strategies," "Location & Access," "Use of Information," "Synthesis," and "Evaluation." However, Eisenberg and Berkowitz do not advocate following the steps in a linear fashion, but applying them as each situation demands. Sample lessons demonstrate how to integrate the Big6 into the curriculum and to teach students how to select appropriate resources, discriminate between needed and superfluous information, and evaluate their progress and success. The book promotes the use of indexes while doing research and, accordingly, contains an extensive index. Cooperation and coordination among classroom teachers, media specialists, technology teachers, and others involved in the teaching process are advised. The practical suggestions, student handouts, and evaluation tools make this a worthwhile volume.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

The Big6, a well-known model for the research process, is presented here in helpful detail--from the basics of its six steps to sample lesson plans and curriculum grids. In addition, the authors provide an adaptation of a model for the youngest students, Super3: plan what you are going to do; do it; review what you did. Perhaps the biggest selling point of the models is their use as vehicles for cooperative planning by teachers and librarians. In fact, to really fly with the Big6 requires the special skills of both sorts of professionals. To that end, the authors provide advice for planning at three different levels: with individual teachers, teams or departments, or with the entire school. At times, the explanation of the rationale behind each step will seem long-winded and even a little pedantic (especially to experienced school librarians), but the authors' emphasis on the practical application of a proven process will make an indispensable resource nonetheless. Randy Meyer

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"The authors point out that their model for problem solving is not unique, but that its application to the world of information and technology gives it relevance. . . . Sample lessons demonstrate how to integrate the Big6 into the curriculum and to teach students how to select appropriate resources, discriminate between needed and superfluous information, and evaluate their progress and success. The book promotes the use of indexes while doing research and, accordingly, contains an extensive index. Cooperation and coordination among classroom teachers, media specialists, technology teachers, and others involved in the teaching process are advised. The practical suggestions, student handouts, and evaluation tools make this a worthwhile volume." - School Library Journal

About the Authors

Michael B. Eisenberg is dean emeritus and professor at the Information School of the University of Washington.

Robert E. Berkowitz is the library and information specialist at Wayne Central High School in Ontario Center, NY.

Barbara A. Jansen is the chair of 1-12 Instructional Technology and Upper School Librarian at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, TX.