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Dr. Carol Gordon is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University, and Associate Director of the Center for International Studies in School Libraries. Prior to this position, Carol was an academic librarian and head of the Pickering Educational Resources Library at Boston University.

Dr. Gordon has taught students in secondary grades, adult education, and held associate professorships in education and library and information science. She has been a library media specialist and administrator in public and private schools including elementary, middle, and high school grades and in the U.S. and in Europe.

Dr. Gordonís research interests include: the information searching behavior of adolescents; the use of Bayesian statistics in qualitative research; action research as a tool for professional development; and multiple models of information literacy that promote knowledge construction. She authored Information Literacy in Action (2000), co-authored Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues for Public, School, and Academic Libraries, and has published several articles on information skills instruction and concept formation, as well as an electronic tutorial in searching electronic databases.

Personal Website: http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~cgordon/index.htm

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Publications Online:
Gordon, Carol A. and Lu, Ya-Ling (2006). Reading TakesYou Places: A Study of a Web-based Summer Reading Program. School Library Media Research.

Gordon, Carol A. (2002). Methods for Measuring the Influence of Concept Mapping on Student Information Literacy. School Library Media Research, 5.
This paper explores the theory of expected information, which uses formulas derived from the Fano measure (1961) and Bayesian statistics (1764), and demonstrates its application in a study on the effects of concept mapping on the searching behavior of tenth-grade biology students.

Gordon, Carol A. (2000). The Effects of Concept Mapping on the Searching Behavior of Tenth-Grade Students. School Library Media Research, 3.
A qualitative study addressed the effect of concept mapping on the searching behavior of tenth-grade students engaged in research projects based on their instruction in a classroom-based genetics unit.

Gordon, Carol (1999). Students As Authentic Researchers: A New Prescription for the High School Research Assignment. School Library Media Research, 3.
Can tenth graders in a qualitative action research study that investigates the effectiveness of an assignment that requires primary research methods and an essay of two thousand words.


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