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AASL/Highsmith Research Grant

Sponsored by Highsmith Inc.

Established in 1993, the grant of up to $5,000 is awarded to conduct innovative research aimed at measuring and evaluating the impact of school library media programs on learning and education. Applicants must be AASL personal members. 

The 2007 application process has ended. 2008 applications will be available in June.

Past Recipients

2006 "Partners in Achievement: Libraries and Students (PALS) Improving Student Achievement through Data Use for Library Media Specialists"
Judith Dzikowski
Syracuse, N.Y.
2005 "School Virtual Libraries: The Influence of Best Practices on High School Students' Information Seeking"
Joyce Valenza
Rydal, Pa.
2004 "More than just Comics:Graphic Novels and their Effect on Student Achievement"
Robyn Young
Avon, Ind.

"Study of LMS's Attributes for Ongoing Program Assessment"
Kathy Latrobe and Rhonda Taylor
Norman, Okla.
2003 "Teachers' Perspectives and Influence on Use of Electronic Resources in the High School Media Center"
Bonnie Grimble
Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind.
2002 "Does Accelerated Reader Improve Children's Reading Ability and Achievement?"
Linda Jordan and Diane Stanley
Waco, Texas
2001 no grant awarded
2000 "Tenth Graders’ Search Knowledge and Use of the World Wide Web."
Sharon Lea Vansickle
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga.
1999 "Dialogic Journaling with Elementary Grade Students As a Means to Deeper Student Understanding of the Information Search Process."
Violet H. Harada, Claire Sato, Joan Yoshina
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
1998 "Implementing Flexible Scheduling in Elementary School Library Media Centers."
Joy McGregor
Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas

"Assessing Pre-Service Teachers’ Knowledge of Library Media Programs: A Step to Improving Collaboration for Student Learning."
Linda L. Wolcott, Kimberly Lawless, Deborah Hobbs
Utah State University, Logan, Utah

1997 "Motivational Aspects of Library and Information Skills Instruction."
Ruth Villency Small
Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
1996 "Testing an Interdisciplinary Assessment Model."
Robert Grove, Jacqueline Lakin, Shelia Blume, Carol Fox
Kansas Association of School Librarians Research Committee
1995 no grant awarded
1994 "The Information Search Process: A Study of Cognitive Strategies for Teaching Higher Level Thinking Skills."
Kathleen Garland

"Information Literacy Standards – Alternative Assessments."
Roberta Ponis, Dian Walster, Lynda Welborn

1993 "Intuitive Understanding and Mental Models of Information: A Qualitative Study of Factors Associated with the Information Seeking and Use Behavior of Adolescents."
Judy M. Pitts

"Scheduling Impact on Curriculum Involvement and Information Skills Instruction: Should We Switch to Flexible Scheduling?"
Julie I. Tallman & Jean Donham van Deusen

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The grant, up to $5,000 donated by Highsmith Inc., is awarded to conduct innovative research aimed at measuring and evaluating the impact of school library media programs on learning and education.