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About the Research Models

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ORM & Slam Dunk Index:

Elementary School  |  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 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). We have worked directly with these experts to develop our BCPS research models.


Students who use these self-guided online research lessons are challenged to engage in 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 disciplinary learning with the development of information literacy and 21st century skills. Lessons are aligned to relevant content learning standards, College and Career Ready StandardsAASL Standards for Learners, and the P21 Framework


Research models are supported by direct instruction from school library media specialists at identified "zones of intervention," based on the demands of the research task and students' prior learning.  Tutorials and teaching/learning resources are available on-demand in our BCPS Research Guides for Grades K-2, 3-45-8 and 9-12.