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The Florida Research Process Model: FINDS

An Introduction to FINDS: Florida Research Model

The Florida Curriculum Framework for Language Arts states, "Students must learn how to locate, comprehend, interpret, evaluate, manage, and apply information from a variety of sources and media. They must learn how to communicate effectively in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes through many different media."

Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning provides guidelines that schools "can use to foster the active, authentic learning that today's researchers and practitioners recognize as vital to helping students become independent, information literate, lifelong learners."

Integrating information literacy skills into the curriculum is accomplished not through a separate course of study, but by incorporating these skills into all curriculum areas. Specifically, information literacy skills should be integrated into the student's first introduction to the library media center in preschool or kindergarten and continue through twelfth grade and beyond.

By working together to craft lessons, school library media specialists and teachers combine reading and writing skills, the basic tools of learning, with information literacy skills. Using this approach, students are better prepared to extend and communicate their content area knowledge. In order to facilitate the acquisition of information literacy skills, the use of a research process model is essential. FINDS, Florida's model, consolidates the information literacy skills that are imbedded in the Sunshine State Standards and provides a framework for the application of these standards through a sequential research process.

By making use of a wide range of learning resources and the collaborative efforts of the classroom teacher and library media specialist, students learn information literacy skills that are applicable across disciplines. Consequently, students acquire the attitudes and competencies needed to function successfully in this demanding, information-intense world.

Focus on the information need

* What is my assignment or the information problem to be solved?
* What are my questions and/or thesis sentence?
* What types of information will be needed?
* How will I organize my search plan?
* What keywords and alternate search terms would be best for my topic?
* What search terminology and techniques should I use?

Investigate resources to look for an answer

* What criteria should I use to evaluate and select the information sources?
* Where are the sources located and what information does each source provide?
* Where is the information within each source and how do I locate it?
* What problems am I having in finding information and how do I solve these problems?
* How can I find what I need and respect the rights of others to equal access to information?

Note and evaluate facts

* What criteria should I use to evaluate the information I found?
* Does the information I found relate to my topic and questions?
* How do I take notes so that they are in my own words?
* Which facts do I need to create a citation for each source?
* Do I have facts from all points of view on my topic?
* Do I have the information I need and is my research complete?

Develop information into knowledge for presentation

* How should I present the information to best share what I learned with others?
* How do I organize the notes for my final presentation?
* Have I analyzed and used the information effectively?
* Are my conclusions based on the research evidence?
* How do I organize my citations into a bibliography and what format will I use?
* How do I integrate technology to enrich, publish, or present my project?

Score presentation and search

* What criteria will I use to judge my product?
* Did I present the information in the best way?
* Was my research process efficient and effective?
* How could I improve my search process next time?

 Please excuse us as we update the documents below.  More to come. 8/28/2014

FINDS documents to download and print

FINDS:  Research Process Model, K-12 Model Summary

Curious Cat Research Organizer
(8 page booklet, finished size 5.5x8.5, same information as file below, different layout)

Curious Cat Research Organizer
(5 page handout, finished size 8.5x11, same information as above, different layout)

FINDS Research Organizer
(8 page booklet, finished size 5.5x8.5, same information as files above and below)

FINDS Research Organizer
(4 page handout, finished size 8.5x11, same information as above, different layout)

Diggity Dog Research Organizer
(2 page handout, finished size 14x8.5, similar information as above, designed for use by elementary students)

FINDS Pocket Pal
(mini-booklet, finished size 2.75x4.25, overview of FINDS model

FINDS Mini-poster
(1 page mini-poster, finished size 8.5x11, overview of FINDS model)

Student Skills

Library Media Specialist Master



— FINDS Research Model Planner
— Lesson Plan Form
— Collaborative Planning Worksheet
— Curriculum Mapping Worksheet (Elementary)

— Curriculum Mapping Worksheet (Secondary)

— FINDS Summary Chart Grades K-12
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