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EBSCO and the AASL Standards Framework for Learners - Alignment Guide

EBSCO is committed to providing school librarians with high-quality resources and intuitive search interfaces that reinforce information literacy instruction and prepare learners for college, careers and life.

The AASL Standards Framework for Learners is anchored by six Shared Foundations — Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore and Engage. A one-sentence Key Commitment describes the essential understandings for each of the six Shared Foundations, with three to five Competencies in each learning Domain – Think, Create, Share and Grow.

Students achieve many of the Competencies by:
•    browsing an EBSCO database, such as Points of View Reference Center™, for content to support research and inquiry
•    searching in the EBSCO Discovery Service™, Explora™ or EBSCOhost® interfaces, applying limiters to narrow results to those most relevant content
•    using EBSCO’s citation tool to properly build a list of references
•    sharing EBSCO content with classmates and teachers via Google Drive and Google Classroom


SHARED FOUNDATIONS, DOMAINS AND COMPETENCIES SUPPORTED BY THE USE OF EBSCO RESOURCES

INQUIRE
Build new knowledge by inquiring, thinking critically, identifying problems, and developing strategies for solving problems.

Think
Learners display curiosity and initiative by:
I.A.1.    Formulating questions about a personal interest or curricular topic.

Create
Learners engage with new knowledge by following a process that includes:
1.B.1    Using evidence to investigate questions.

Grow
Learners participating in an ongoing inquiry-based process by:
I.D.1    Continually seeking knowledge.
I.D.2    Engaging in sustained inquiry.
 

INCLUDE
Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community.

Think
Learners contribute a balanced perspective when participating in a learning community by:

II.A.2    Adopting a discerning stance toward points of view and opinions expressed in information resources and learning products.

Create
Learners adjust their awareness of the global learning community by:

II.B.2    Evaluating a variety of perspectives.

Share
Learners exhibit empathy with and tolerance for diverse ideas by:

II.C.1    Engaging in informed conversation and active debate.
II.C.2    Contributing to discussions in which multiple viewpoints on a topic are expressed.

Grow
Learners demonstrate empathy and equity in knowledge building with the global learning community by:

II.D.2    Demonstrating interest in other perspectives during learning activities.
 

COLLABORATE
Work effectively with others to broaden perspectives and work toward common goals.

Create
Learners participate in personal, social and intellectual networks by:

III.B.1    Using a variety of communication tools and resources.

Share
Learners work productively with others to solve problems by:

III.C.2    Involving diverse perspectives in their own inquiry processes.
 

CURATE
Make meaning for oneself and others by collecting, organizing and sharing resources of personal relevance.

Think
Learners act on an information need by:

IV.A.2    Identifying possible sources of information.
IV.A.3    Making critical choices about information sources to use.

Create
Learners gather information appropriate to the task by:

IV.B.1    Seeking a variety of sources.
IV.B.2    Collecting information representing diverse perspectives.
IV.B.3    Systematically questioning and assessing the validity and accuracy of information.

Grow
Learners select and organizing information for a variety of audiences by:

IV.D.1    Performing ongoing analysis of and reflection on the quality, usefulness and accuracy of curated resources.
 

EXPLORE
Discover and innovate in a growth mindset developed through experience and reflection.

Think
Learners develop and satisfy personal curiosity by:

V.A.3    Engaging in inquiry-based processes for personal growth.

Share
Learners engage with the learning community by:

V.C.1    Expressing curiosity about a topic of personal interest or curricular relevance.

Grow
Learners develop through experience and reflection by:

V.D.2    Recognizing capabilities and skills that can be developed, improved, and expanded.
 

ENGAGE
Demonstrate safe, legal, and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge products independently while engaging in a community of practice and an interconnected world.

Think
Learners follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information by:

VI.A.1.    Responsibility applying information, technology, and media to learning.
VI.A.2    Understanding the ethical use of information, technology and media.
VI.A.3    Evaluating information for accuracy, validity, social and cultural context, and appropriateness for need.

Create
Learners use valid information and reasoned conclusions to make ethical decisions in the creation of knowledge by:

VI.B.1    Ethically using and reproducing others’ work.
VI.B.2    Acknowledging authorship and demonstrating respect for the intellectual property of others.

Grow
Learners engage with information to extend personal learning by:

VI.D.1.    Personalizing their use of information and information technologies.
VI.D.3    Inspiring others to engage in safe, responsible, ethical and legal information behaviors.