Graduate Research Papers


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This research investigated the information problem solving curriculum of home schooled students who lived in four central Iowa school districts, all of whom belonged to the same home school networking group. Fourteen home schooling parents were interviewed, and asked to respond to questions dealing with the research process, and how those skills were being taught, the major focus being on whether the skills were taught as part of the curriculum, or in supplement to it, and whether information problem solving was taught as a process or separately as content. Use of electronic searching was also investigated.

This study indicated that a large majority of the home schooled students interviewed conduct research on a regular basis, and that they all used the public library for pleasure reading and information. Skills to conduct research were generally taught by the parent educators, and were integrated into a total process. Even though information problem solving was predominantly taught as a process, and non-traditional projects were assigned, these children primarily conducted research in the traditional manner, through the use of the print materials, card catalog, and the Dewey Classification System. A large majority of the families had access to an electronic encyclopedia, and over half used the internet, but their instruction in how to execute electronic search strategies was inadequate.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara Ripp Safford


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