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Teach Skill, Assess Skill

In this video, Dr. Stripling gives multiple examples of how you might first teach a particular skill related to inquiry and then assess the skill in a meaningful way. In her handout "Critical Inquiry Skills for the Digital Environment," Dr. Stripling maps essential digital research skills to the Stripling Model of Inquiry. Read through the handout and then complete the reflection activity.



After reading "Critical Inquiry Skills for the Digital Environment," select five of the suggested teaching strategies that you would like to incorporate into your instruction. Then, brainstorm possible ways that you could assess those skills in the context of your library and/or through collaborations with teachers at your school, recording your ideas in the document above.

About the Author

Barbara K. Stripling, PhD, is Senior Associate Dean and associate professor emerita at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. She earned her doctorate in information management from Syracuse University. Stripling is the author of numerous books and articles on school libraries, advocacy, inquiry, assessment, learning, and primary sources.

Stripling was the 2013–2014 president of the American Library Association. Previously, in her 40-year library career, Stripling has been Director of Library Services for the New York City schools, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and director of library programs at a local education fund in New York City. Stripling is a former president of the American Association of School Librarians.

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"Assessing to Empower Learners: Teach Skill, Assess Skill." School Library Connection, November 2019,
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