Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Problem-Based Learning in the Library: Evolving a Realistic Approach

by Michael Pelikan
portal: Libraries and the Academy 4.4 (2004) 509-520

Simply put, having a clear idea of what they are looking for gives the team members the only chance they have to recognize it when they see it. Ideas and interfaces both confront the teams with issues, and while either or both may be influencing their result sets, I have found that the "idea issues" are much tougher for the students to get a grip on than the "interface issues." p516

Pelikan argues persuasively that the more difficult task in teaching students is to teach them how to formulate questions that will guide their research. Most librarians will agree. Pelikan proposes a "Problem Based Learning" model for teaching students how to formulate questions and research strategies. Could be interesting to try in a theology library.