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A Study of Instruction Support in Technological and Vocational Universities and Colleges
Technological and Vocational Education,Resource-based Learning,Instructional Support,College and University Library,
|Publication Year :||2009|
Technological and vocational education plays a substantial role in Taiwan’s economic development. Many talents are cultivated from technological and vocational educational system and this system has now been upgraded to higher education level and gradually puts emphasis on the development of master’s program in aim of the upgrade of “quality”. This transformation in technological and vocational education shall improve students’ information application ability aside from the professional knowledge and the change of curriculum in the era of computer and internet. We see students fail to exploit related skills, knowledge and abilities even as the increase in resources. To overturn this situation and cultivate students’ information capability that allows students to cope with the versatility of the society, libraries, in this way, shall play a role in resources integrator and provider that center on the students and cooperate with teachers to provide the applicable resources for the curriculum.
Objective of this research is to understand how libraries in domestic universities of technology and institutes of technology assist in teacher’s instruction and the problems they encounter. Also, the study aims at finding out teachers’ viewpoints and expectation on the role of librarian in their teaching. Therefore, this study uses questionnaire and interview to understand perspectives of both the librarians and teachers towards librarians’ role is supporting instruction.
It is concluded that, to begin with, libraries in technological and vocational education institutions are only providing assistance in an “one-way” role, where by libraries provide service only when teachers find it necessary; second, lack of man power and funding can sometimes be problematic so that some librarian would think that communicating with teachers on curriculum content impose more burden on them; third, teachers normally arrange teaching materials in accordance to students’ level, discipline and depth of curriculum; fourth, teachers see librarians as a key player to provide and index resources and values such service; fifth, teachers think it’s necessary for libraries to conduct library exploitation class to let students know the importance of these resources. And learn how and when to use them
In conclusion, this study provides some suggestions to librarian to in terms of providing instructional support: first, libraries should develop related recourse and services in accordance with the schools and departments instructional plan so that they can provide suitable resources and services; second, libraries should evaluate the appropriateness of their collections in terms of the degree they provide assistance in teaching; third, authorities of the schools should take into account that students’ information literacy is an important skill to learn and provide support to their libraries; fourth, libraries should promote their services and provide multiple channel of communication for teachers to find out the needs of teaching, and fifth, libraries should pan relevant library activities that can tie with teaching so as to increase the degree of library use.
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