Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Economics--Study and teaching (Primary); Elementary school libraries--Collection development;


The teaching of some primary teachers is being compromised in schools with a lack of rich science and social studies library collections that have been intentionally developed by a professional teacher librarian in collaboration with teachers. The purpose of this study was to analyze and compare school library resources for the same economics unit taught in two different elementary schools’ primary classrooms, including the quality of resources available and their usefulness in teaching social studies economics standards. School B had a higher quantity of resources meeting the standards as well as more texts determined to be of high quality. The texts of School B had newer Copyright dates ranging from 2004 to 2015 and were therefore more current than texts from School A ranging from 1987 to 2009. Nineteen texts out of the 37 analyzed from School A were suggested by the researcher for potential use, whereas 33 of the 37 analyzed from School B were suggested for use. School A had resources available to meet the 4 Nebraska second grade social studies standards but in smaller numbers when compared with School B who also had texts meeting the same 4 standards. School B had a larger number of texts available to use for read alouds, research, and independent reading than School A. Overall, the teacher librarian in School A is stretched too thin by having to divide time between multiple buildings and cannot provide as much support to primary teachers through a high quality collection as the full time teacher librarian in School B can.

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Karla Krueger

Date Original


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