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The University of Adelaide has developed a Research Skills Development Famework that has been adopted by a number of other Australian universities including Monash.

There is a lot in this framework which will be very obvious to TLs. However, it still has relevance in a school library setting, especially the "Facets of Inquiry", and the level and process students are expected to use when they find, collate and synthesise information.

Most of the students at our college will go on to university, so our library is interested in helping them become 'job ready" for the next stage in of their education. Helping students be better at finding and using information is one important way the library supports the curriculum, student achievement, and therefore the school.


For more details on the Framework see and


This information has been made available by the University of Adelaide under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Australia Licence. 

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Comment by Anna ferguson on August 19, 2011 at 8:52
thanks David.I'm currently revamping our research skills program, so this was very timely
Comment by Rhonda Powling on August 23, 2011 at 15:28
This was an interesting document David. I passed it on to our principal and Director of studies as we are looking at developing a skills matrix for our school. This one gives a basis for some discussion at the lrearning and teaching committee
Comment by Christine Lean on September 17, 2011 at 10:17
I have observed that most universities have documents such as this one. They are excellent and provide legitimacy for the education programs of the university libraries. Another related observation is that many of these documents are very similar. I think that we have an opportunity at a time when our nation is attempting to put in place a National Curriculum to develop a national standard for such a research skills program. Why not a National Information, Digital, and /or Critical Literacy program that goes from P (K) to 13 encompassing Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education? The question of why we have History, English, Science and Maths teachers does not arise in the discussion about school employment. However the employment of Teacher Librarian's does? Why? I believe that it is because we do not have a broadly recognised curriculum. I believe that we need to develop a curriculum for Teacher Librarian's. The Information Literacy Program would be our curriculum. Teacher Librarians point of difference is that they are Teachers. Teacher Librarians teach. This inquiry was very specific about Teacher Librarians - it did not use the term School Librarians in it title. This then begs the question what do they teach? Many of the discussions that I have had with classroom teachers have led me to understand that they have difficulty knowing how we can be involved in their curriculum. The best they can do is ask for us to teach the students how to write a bibliography. Many newly qualified or recently employed Teacher Librarians that participate in the discussion on the OZ-TL network ask for assistance with developing a research skills program as the cannot find one in their school. There are programs that you can buy  such as ILPO, and Teacher Librarian P-6 plus there are many that you can find on the net. However we should not have to dig for these programs. They should be freely available and mandated by the education authorities. We should develop an Information Literacy Program (or whatever other name we choose to call it). Then we would have a curriculum. Many solutions to our issues would follow from this. The employment of a Teacher Librarian would be essential. Universities would need to offer courses for Teacher Librarianship to meet this demand. My proposal would take time and effort but I think that the benefits of establishing a nationally mandated information literacy program that requires the employment of a Teacher Librarian is well worth our serious consideration.

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