Teaching & Learning Better Research

Posted by Mary Risi on 2/9/2011 2:10:00 PM

Among his many memorable utterances, Yogi Berra once famously said: "If you don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else."
This truism is so relevant when it comes to the information habits of our young students at RDMS. None of us is born knowing how to search, locate and use information. Without instruction and a guide, students conduct aimless Google searches and end up with a collection of mediocre Web sites - exactly where they don't want to be. Colleges and universities are increasingly reporting concern over the poor research skills of their otherwise capable and educated students.
In the second decade of the 21st Century, information skills are among the most complex, difficult and important skills that we must all have at work, at school and in our personal lives. To help our students develop a solid foundation on which to build their information skills for high school, college and the workplace, RDMS has a full information literacy program and a collection of print and electronic research resources for our students. And we take Web searching seriously. At RDMS, we believe these are critical skills that must be taught and practiced every day.
The slide presentation below addresses what we need to do to turn our students into information literate citizens. Take a look: