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Problem Identifiers

Over recent years, Violet Harada, Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Hawaii, has implemented several collaborative inquiry-based projects across K-12 learning environments. Harada has approached each project with problem-solving strategies modeled by the teacher and library media specialist team, but with the twist that before students can understand solutions they must be engaged to act as “Problem Identifiers.” A typical sequence to foster problem awareness and solution options at the secondary school level follows.

Along the way, many instructional problems arise. A brief list of these and how they are addressed illustrates collaborative roles that need to be played by the teachers and media specialist.

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