McHENRY, IL - November 5, 1997 - In this age of information-overload, staying on top of the latest modes of finding and applying information is a nonstop challenge. To help teachers and library media specialists stay abreast of the trends and emerging techniques, Follett Software Company has updated its widely used Pathways to Knowledge: Follett's Information Skills Model (Pathways Model), as well as its Teaching Electronic Information Skills Guides (TEIS Guides) and Pathways Model Kit.
A graphic visual presented in an organized, non-linear fashion, the Pathways Model contains six stages (Appreciation, Presearch, Search, Interpretation, Communication, and Evaluation) and multiple strategies to help educators and students better find and handle the masses of available information. Through these strategies, the Model simplifies the planning, execution, and evaluation of both basic and comprehensive research.
"We want the Pathways Model to reflect current thinking in education, information literacy and cutting edge technology," said Dr. Marjorie Pappas, co-author of the Model. "That philosophy requires us to make periodic revisions." Follett Software modified the Pathways Model based on current trends and terminology, along with feedback from its customers and Editorial Consulting Board (a group of well-respected professionals in the educational community).
"The newly revised Model, the third edition, looks similar to the previous version but contains important updated search strategies and terms," said Ann Tepe, Director of Curriculum Resource Development at Follett Software and co-author of the Model. "For example, the section titled Appreciation/Enjoyment has been modified to Appreciation. We've also added three new strategies to this section: Sensing, Curiosity and Enjoyment. These terms joined Viewing, Listening and Reading, to give the searcher additional options being used more frequently today. It is important that learners buy into this process model and make it their own," noted Pappas. "So the new Pathways Model includes function statements for each of the six stages that are written in first person to personalize the process for learners. For example, the function statement in the Search category reads, 'Planning and implementing my search strategy.' That aims to focus learners on the specific strategies they need to pursue as they search for information. Hopefully these function statements will encourage that buy-in process."
Another change includes replacement of the search term "hypertext" (moving electronically from a word/phrase to related information) with "explore" (looking, surfing, hyperlinking with a general topic).
"In most cases, the changes to the Model are minor, but important," said Susan Rayfield, Product Manager at Follett Software Company. "We have always regarded the Pathways Model as a living entity, and expect it to continue to grow in accordance with emerging trends."
In conjunction with changes to the Pathways Model, Follett Software updated its TEIS resource guides and Pathways Model Kit. Both are resources for educators at all levels, who are involved with teaching information skills. Follett Software's TEIS guides were co-developed by teachers and library media specialists for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The guides include practical examples of instructional units across broad themes that integrate an information gathering process based on the Pathways Model. Thematic units, cooperative planning models, and a number of additional resources help educators focus on authentic projects, and to then assess the process as well as the end product.
Updates to the guides include the revised Pathways Model; revised extended text (explains components of the Model in greater detail); the addition of transparency masters for Follett Software Macintosh, Search Plus for Windows, Language Pack, and Windows programs' search screens; and an extensively updated bibliography in the Additional Resources section. The guides are available for $69.95 (US) each, with discounts available for large quantity orders.
The Pathways Model Kit is an assortment of resource materials which aids educators in implementing the collaborative, integrated, student-centered teaching of information skills. Together, the resources provide practical guidance for making crucial decisions and instituting changes while incorporating the Pathways Model in schools.
The updated Kit features the revised Pathways Model; a helpful video; a handbook sharing experiences of educators already using the Model; a version of the Model graphically demonstrating the non-linear aspect of the search process; a large laminated poster, extended text version, and color transparency of the Pathways Model; 10 master transparencies depicting segmented portions of the Model; and fifty 11" x 17" reproductions of the Model. The Kit is available for $119.95 (US).
About Follett Software Company
Since 1985, Follett Software Company has provided school, public and special libraries with leading-edge library automation, Internet and curriculum resource software and services. Its Circulation Plus software, with more than 29,000 installations worldwide, is the number one selling library automation system in the K-12 marketplace. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, and is headquartered in McHenry, IL. The company was recently ranked among the top ten largest software companies in Chicago. For additional information, call (800) 323-3397 or go to www.fsc.follett.com.