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About the Research Models

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on August 9, 2018 at 10:04:55 am

ORM & Slam Dunk Index:

Elementary  |  Middle SchoolHigh School


Research Wordle

The BCPS Online Research Models (ORMs) and Slam Dunks are learner-centered digital research lessons designed to guide students through a structured inquiry process. The research models have been developed by collaborative teams of library media specialists, teachers, and content specialists at the BCPS summer curriculum workshops since 1998. The structure and process for these customized lessons are informed by research-based information literacy process models including Guided Inquiry Design (Kuhlthau, Maniotes, and Caspari) and the Slam Dunk Digital Lesson (McKenzie).


Students who use these self-guided online research lessons are challenged to employ thoughtful reading and use of digital media; analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information; and collaboration, communication, and creativity using a variety of tools to build and present knowledge. The research models integrate learning across the content areas with the development of information literacy and other 21st century skills. Lessons are aligned to relevant content learning standards, College and Career Ready StandardsAASL Standards for Learners, and the P21 Framework, and are supported by information literacy skill-building resources in our BCPS Research Guides for Grades K-2, 3-45-8 and 9-12. For more information about the research models, contact BCPS Library Media Programs and Digital Resources at 443-809-4035.