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The purpose of this study was to explore the use of flexible scheduling in an elementary school in a suburban district in Iowa. The questions asked in this study were:

  1. How did the district accommodate teachers' needs for planning time when they moved to a flexible library schedule that included team teaching in the library?
  2. How did teacher librarians integrate information literacy skills with the content area standards and benchmarks (i.e. Curriculum mapping, joint planning)?
  3. How effective is the collaboration in improving student learning in content areas (literacy, science, social studies) as well as information literacy?
  4. On what do stakeholders base their claim for success of the implementation of flexible scheduling?

A qualitative case study was conducted. The researcher observed the use of flexible scheduling in a suburban elementary school in Iowa. The researcher also interviewed the teacher librarian, principal, and three teachers who participate in the flexible scheduling in the library.

The study found that most of the stakeholders involved in this school's academic performance were in favor of the flexible schedule. The relationship between flexible scheduling and the success of student learning depends largely on the active support from administration as well as positive relationships between the classroom teachers and the teacher librarian.

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Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Jean Donham


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