November 24, 2014

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State of Incarceration
Canada’s crime rate is at its lowest point in more than 40 years. So why are we spending hundreds of millions of dollars to get tough on crime now? More prisons cells, tougher laws for parole, more mandatory minimum sentences: they are all now part of Canada’s high-cost justice system — and they are all ideas that failed in the U.S.
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The Nature of Things
Stonehenge Uncovered
With access to the most extensive archaeological study ever made around Britain's famed monument, this doc reveals fascinating new information about the surprisingly advanced civilization that built the Stone Circle.
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The Fifth Estate
Kingston Pen: Secrets and Lies
With the nearly 180-year-old Kingston Penitentiary closing its gates for good, Linden MacIntyre weaves together the stories of three of its most famous inmates: Edwin Alonzo Boyd, Ty Conn and Guy Paul Morin.
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Zoo Revolution
Zoo Revolution takes us deep inside the increasingly controversial debate about the value of zoos in the 21st century. They're big business that attracts big criticism, and the debate over their real purpose is only getting louder.
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The Fifth Estate
You Should Have Stayed at Home
The iconic images from the G20 meeting in Toronto are still with us — burning police cars, rampaging mobs, the massive security presence. The Fifth Estate looks at the story behind Toronto’s G20 fiasco.
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November 12, 2014

Celebrating 25 Years -- BC Electronic Library Network











Celebrating 25 Years of Great Chemistry...






Today marks BC ELN's 25th anniversary!
A quarter century of successful collaboration in the post-secondary sector would not be possible unless the "elements" were a great combination. We would like to thank each and every partner library for its support and participation over the past 25 years. We look forward to a future of making positive change for students, educators, and researchers... together.


November 06, 2014

Spotlight on Literacy Resources Available in ERIC: Supporting Struggling Readers




Students need advanced literacy skills, or the ability to use “reading and writing to acquire knowledge,” to engage successfully in a rapidly changing, global economy. Yet, only about one-third of fourth grade students score at the proficient level in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The Regional Educational Laboratory program has conducted research to improve identification of students who are at risk in reading and evaluate literacy programs intended to improve students’ vocabulary and reading comprehension. These studies include:

Using Evidence-Based Decision Trees Instead of Formulas to Identify At-Risk Readers: This report examines a simpler method for identifying struggling readers to determine its accuracy in comparison to a more complicated approach.

Beating the Odds: Finding Schools Exceeding Achievement Expectations with High-Risk Students: This study identifies Florida public elementary schools that are “beating the odds” by having fewer students than predicted score at the lowest level on the state reading assessment. 

Effectiveness of a Program to Accelerate Vocabulary Development in Kindergarten (VOCAB): First Grade Follow-Up Impact Report and Exploratory Analyses of Kindergarten Impacts (Final Report): This study spotlights a kindergarten program focused on vocabulary building and investigates whether participating students retain their new vocabulary knowledge into the first grade.

Evaluation of the Content Literacy Continuum: Report on Program Impacts, Program Fidelity, and Contrast: This study explores a high school program designed to increase students’ reading comprehension by incorporating reading strategies into core subjects. 

In addition to work from the Regional Educational Laboratories, ERIC indexes a wide variety of full-text resources on the topic of literacy. One such resource is the Centre for Literacy, sponsored by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, which recently provided additional full-text articles to ERIC.