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Teacher Librarianship@CSU in Australia

By Charles Sturt, University in Wagga Wagga, NSW,

Australia offers a Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)
and a Master of Applied Science (Teacher Librarianship).
These programs are
targeted to meet the needs of three or four year trained teachers who are either (a) practising teacher librarians without a specialist qualification or (b) practising teachers who wish to move into the field of teacher librarianship. The programs are designed to encourage and permit critical appraisal of theory and practice in the field of teacher librarianship, improve the educator’s professional competence and enhance the capacity for self development. Both master’s courses are recognised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).  ALIA recognition acknowledges that while our graduates have specific knowledge and skills in the education sector, they are qualified to work in the full range of library and information services.

Teachers holding a Graduate Diploma in Teacher Librarianship may enrol in Stage 2 of the Master of Applied Science (Teacher Librarianship), completing four or five subjects depending on the currency of their qualifications and experience and the amount of credit awarded for their prior qualifications/experience.

Students may also study single subjects as Associate Students. This opportunity allows students to update in a particular area or subsequently apply the subject to a future course, assuming the subject matter is still current.

Those interested in conducting research may complete a Ph.D. or DIM. Higher degree students engage in advanced, critical reflection on and investigation of theory and practice related to teacher librarianship.

Study is through online learning, with no requirement that students meet face-to-face at any time, although a few optional face-to-face opportunities exist for those able to participate. Students typically study one or two subjects per session (two sessions a year), using print and online materials, participating with their classmates in online forums and contacting their subject coordinators via email.

The academic staff are familiar to many people internationally, through their research and publication and/or their participation at international conferences. Lyn Hay, James Herring, Ken Dillon, Ashley Freeman, and Joy McGregor all conduct research and publish in various areas related to teacher librarianship. All are members of the Centre for Studies in Teacher Librarianship, which is active in developing the research base in teacher librarianship in Australia and internationally.

For further information contact:

MEd(TL), PhD, CSTL Joy McGregor
MappSc(TL), Associate Student Program Ken Dillon

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January 14, 2007 - Posted by | 2. Issue 42, 3. Theme:42: SL-education, Australia

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