Connecting the Library Community with Research on Learning

September 11, 2017

As leading hubs of learning in the 21st century, libraries should be more invested in the science of learning. To best support patrons and design effective library programs, you need better tools to understand how people learn best and how to facilitate learning.

The Digital Promise Research Map meets this need by directly connecting you with key findings on education and learning. Through two interactive data visualizations, you can explore thousands of articles from more than 180 academic journals. The Research Map offers a simple way to view, search, and sort research articles, and helps you discover new topics of interest.

Designing programs for children and families

If you’re designing a storytime program and want to incorporate math concepts, explore the Math Learning topic to find links to research articles and experts in the field. Find the Learning Counting subtopic for more information about how children develop counting skills and what numbers represent. The map can help focus your search, so you’ll find the most relevant information to help you build your program.

Supporting teachers and students

What if you’re a school librarian looking to help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms? The Online Learning topic page offers an introduction to how students learn and stay motivated while using technology and related resources—including reports, tools, and implementation guides—to share with teachers. The Research@Work video series illustrates key research concepts in practice such as research on blended learning and student engagement with technology.

Providing research services to academics and patrons

If you support college students, researchers, or the general public on research questions, share this tool directly with them. They can independently explore education, neuroscience, and psychology research through the engaging visualizations and find articles of interest though the linked publications. Also consider adding the Research Map to the references section on your website, or using it when training students or patrons on conducting research.

While some education research studies are well known, other useful findings remain hidden to library audiences. The map organizes thousands of articles and makes it easy to uncover research findings that can strengthen your work—and ultimately improve learning for all.

Explore the Research Map today!