Communications in Information Literacy, Vol 6, No 1 (2012)

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Collaboration and Problem-Based Learning: Integrating Information Literacy into a Political Science Course

Peg Cook, Mary Barbara Walsh


This paper details the collaborative efforts of a reference librarian and a political science professor to seamlessly meld the study of politics with the acquisition of information literacy skills using a problem-based learning approach. Students in an introductory American Government class were engaged in a group project in which they acted as media consultants for the political candidate of their choice. Two information literacy sessions were embedded into the project. ACRL Information Literacy Standards were used to generate and assess performance outcomes. Student feedback, as well as pre-test and post-test results, indicate that a problem-based approach to enhancing information literacy in political science courses effectively engages students interest and improves students’ information literacy skills.

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