'Body in the library': A cross-curriculum transliteracy project

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

Abstract

In 2010 students at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, in Sydney Australia
undertook research with a difference –a Body in the Library murder mystery.
The focus of this project was to facilitate deeper learning for the students by
creating an authentic learning experience incorporating research and literacy
skills across disciplines. In Year 8 English, students learned about the literary
conventions of forensic fiction in their study of the crime novel, Framed by
Malcom Rose. In Year 8 Science, students learned about a variety of scientific
forensic methods for solving a crime, including: analyzing dental records,
fragments and fibers; fingerprinting; shoe-printing; and the application of
DNA samples in criminal investigations. Their comprehensive 22-page Forensic
Science workbook covered all the crime scene basics and included fun
forensic facts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal perspectives on school libraries
Subtitle of host publicationProjects and practices
EditorsLuisa Marquardt, Dianne Oberg
Place of PublicationBerlin, New York
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
Chapter11
Pages130-139
Number of pages10
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9783110232219 $
ISBN (Print)9783110232202
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

Name IFLA publications
Volume148

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    O'Connell, J. (2011). 'Body in the library': A cross-curriculum transliteracy project. In L. Marquardt, & D. Oberg (Eds.), Global perspectives on school libraries: Projects and practices (1 ed., pp. 130-139). ( IFLA publications ; Vol. 148). Walter de Gruyter.