Promoting Information Literacy of Pre-Medical Students through Project-Based Learning: A Pilot Study

Reya Saliba, Paul Mussleman, Melanie Fernandes, Rachid Bendriss

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This study describes the implementation of information literacy (IL) skills through the use of the project-based learning (PjBL) method in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course. Participants were Arabic speaking students enrolled in the Foundation Program that prepares them for the premedical curriculum in a U.S. medical   college in the State of Qatar. A mixed methods approach consisting of a survey, three focus groups, and instructors' observations was used to gather the needed data. The results showed a significant increase in students' advanced research skills. This study emphasizes the benefit of using the PjBL method to develop students' IL skills. It also reinforces the vital role of faculty-librarian partnership in designing learning activities that engage students, foster their critical thinking, and develop their metacognitive skills.


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project-based learning, problem-based learning, information literacy, English for Academic Purposes, blended learning, self-regulated learning

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