Project 2: Research-Net
Learning to Learn: Policies and Guidelines for the Implementation of Resource-Based Learning in Newfoundland and Labrador Schools , a policy document released by the Division of Program Development in 1991 states:
As students in today's schools approach the 21st century, they find themselves in an era of rapidly increasing knowledge and changing technology. It is no longer adequate for students to acquire a select body of knowledge and expect it to meet their needs as citizens of the next century. The need for lifelong learning is shifting the emphasis from a dependence on the 'what' of learning to the 'how' of learning - today's students must 'learn how to learn' (1).
One of the major components of learning how to learn in today's educational milieu is information literacy, the term currently being applied to the skills of information problem solving. Information literacy is rapidly becoming a survival skill and indiv iduals must be able to identify and access information effectively, organize that information for analysis and present the outcomes of their work in meaningful ways.
One of the most recent sources of information to which students have access is the Internet. Because of the vast amount of information available on the Internet, the lack of any standard kind of organization or indexing and the lack of control over the a ccuracy of information, it is unlike any resource previously available and requires the development of new research strategies in order to use it effectively.
The project Research-Net is designed to help students develop the information literacy skills of accessing, evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing and presenting information using the Internet, within the context of the Language 2102 course. These skills ca n then be transferred to other areas of the curriculum, as they are generic to all subjects.
The main curriculum connection addressed in this project is the area of information literacy which spans all subject areas at all levels of the Senior High Curriculum. For this particular project, however, the main focus will be in connection with the Language 2101 course where the emphasis is on research writing.
The general course objectives from Language 2101 and the link with the objectives of this project are as follows:
Having a STELLAR School Internet connection will enhance this project by providing simultaneous access to Internet searching for large numbers of students. It will allow students to:
Other resources which are being brought into the school will also assist this project. Some of these resources are:
While these resources are not specific to this project, they will contribute greatly to its scope, and will assist in broadening the project to incorporate other areas of the curriculum.
Student evaluation for this project will be part of the on-going evaluation of Language 2101. In the context of the research assignments which students complete they will be evaluated on the following skills in addition to the ones already identified in the curriculum guide.
The impact of the project on the school will be measurable by teacher's and student's increased facility with the use of Internet resources. It will also be measured by the increase in accessibility to resources from around the world from within the Lear ning Resource Centre and the school in general. Overall, students and teachers should have access to a much greater quantity of current information than they presently have from existing resources. The quality of the Web Pages created will also be an ind ication of the project's success.