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Partners in learning: Information skills in the medical curriculum at The University of Western Australia

Catherine Clark
Medical and Dental Library, The University of Western Australia
Sally Reagan
School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia
A strong partnership has developed between the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and the Medical and Dental Library at The University of Western Australia. Library staff have been intimately involved in the development and implementation of the new medical curriculum. This development has been at the grass roots level (at the committee level), teaching and assessment level. Information skills sessions are no longer delivered in isolation, but rather are integrated into the curriculum at times when the students have identified they need the skills. The skills are introduced in problem based learning tutorials where students learn to practise skills in information retrieval, validation and application. As the students progress through the curriculum, Library staff provide lectures or workshops on new and more sophisticated areas of information retrieval. These are often done in small group sessions and always linked to projects that form a major part of the course.

The partnership between academic and library staff has been formalised in an 'Outcomes Based Information Literacy Framework' that systematically identifies information skills required by medical graduates. Individual information skills have been mapped to units within the medical curriculum and are included as part of the unit outcomes and evaluated and assessed as such. This paper describes the development and outcomes of this partnership.

Please cite as: Clark, C. and Reagan, S. (2003). Partners in learning: Information skills in the medical curriculum at The University of Western Australia. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/clark-abs.html


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