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Useful Patterns

girl and muralFrom identifying number sequences in math to applying historical trends in social studies, the ability to see, use, apply, and create patterns is one of the activities the differentiates experts from novices across disciplines. The student scientist might ask him or herself the following questions:

After each team member describes several of their best information resources and where these were accessed,

Becoming proficient at the use of patterns is associated with the following Information Literacy Standards (AASL, 1998):

The following example demonstrates how a student matures as he or she gains experience and expertise.

Art of Diego Rivera

muralNovices may not take a systematic approach to information seeking, while experienced student information scientists see patterns in their investigations and apply these insights to future projects. A young artist may simply look through books of murals for visuals they like ignoring the artist or particular style of mural, while an evolving student information scientist would identify the patterns in their investigation. For instance, they might note that many murals were created by Diego Rivera.

Let’s say a student is fascinated by the mural art form and wants to find out about the Mexican painter Diego Rivera. A beginning student information scientist may search the Internet for information about this famous muralist.

An experienced information scientist would know that the electronic database Biography Resource Center is a quick and effective way to locate quality information as well as reviewed website resources.

Explore Vanessa's investigation for more detail.

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