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Making a Difference: Research Guide CD

The Revised Edition of Making a Difference CD is entirely self-contained with an easy to use installer.

It can be run from the CD or installed onto your computer or the school network. Users need to run shellrun.exe and make sure that you Enable Pop-up in your Browser

Compilers: Lesley Burgess and Shirley Melissas
Media production: Studio 673 Pty Ltd
Illustrations: Emily Ryan
Editing: Qed Publishing Services Pty Ltd
Editing: Revised edition: Camilla Elliott


Making a difference – research guide was developed at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College (MGSC), Victoria, Australia, by teacher -librarians Lesley Burgess and Shirley Melissas and revised in 2014 by Camilla Elliott. A major objective is to make it quicker and easier for staff at the school to deliver quality teaching and learning by translating some of the ideas from the plethora of professional development activities into the classroom. Professional development provides a tantalising glimpse of the way we would like it to be. Incorporating the ideas into the daily grind can be daunting. Experience proved that to revise one small assignment to incorporate some ideas from professional development took an inordinate amount of time. No wonder the theory is struggling to find its way into classroom practice!


The support material developed at MGSC is based on the research process and assignment writing. To make a difference, the teacher support material has to be easy to use, accessible through-out the college and designed to lighten not increase teacher workloads. This CD Making a difference – research guide focuses on facilitating teachers to apply higher order thinking skills by using Bloom’s Taxonomy. It also simplifies Gardiner ’s multiple intelligences and Edward de Bono’s six thinking hats, providing practical suggestions for their inclusion in classrooms.


Making a difference – research guide also provides strategies to support other stages of the research process. Selection of material as a research skill is  scaffolded by incorporating an internet appraisal form which can be printed and used with students. Such a skill is vital today as students’ first choice is increasingly the internet rather than books. Internet users need to acquire the skills to distinguish between the over abundance of largely unvetted low quality information or ‘data smog’ (Principia Cybernetica, 1999) and authoritative sites.

Open the Door to Enquiry:  A planning tool for teacher-librarians and teachers in primary schools

This new multimedia publication puts the focus where it should be – on the learners. It informs and opens the door for you on the wide variety of resources and materials to support you as you implement inquiry-based learning at your school. Features a book, poster and downloadable content.

Knowing Readers

This publication explores:

- teachers and teacher-librarians as partners in promoting reading;

- the centrality of reading pleasure;

- the importance of relationships and the enabling adult; and the building of a community of engaged readers.

It incorporates strategies to inform practice for the early years of schooling through to material for young adults. It also includes an examination of a diverse range of texts supported by relevant resources and professional reading.

Authors: Dr Susan La Marca and Dr Pam Macintyre.


Section One. Connecting with theory.

Introduction. Doing your own stunts: grown-ups, children and the Reading Phantom / Margo Lanagan --

1. Testing times / Paul Jennings --

2. It's the bee's flamin' knees: the intrinsic value of reading --

3. Knowing adults: enabling engaged readers --

4. Building relationships: a community of readers --

5. Reading places: creating the physical reading environment --

Section Two. Connecting with readers.

6. Making the ordinary strange: reading for story --

7. Critical curiosity: reading to know --

8. Visual artistry: reading to see --

9. Approaches to response: supportive practices --

10. Exploring connections: thematic frameworks --

Section Three. Connecting with resources.

11. Web resources: information online --

12. References and further reading list.

FYI: the journal for the information professional. FYI is the quarterly print publication from the School Library Association of Victoria.
Synergy (ISSN 1448-5716) is published twice annually (May and October) by the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV).

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