n Mousaion - Problem-based learning (PBL) and medical school libraries in South Africa

Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Problem-based learning or PBL as a method of teaching or learning was recently introduced to medical schools in South Africa. This has had implications for medical school libraries attached to higher education medical institutions. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect PBL has had on medical school libraries in South Africa. Using the survey method and a self-administered questionnaire, medical school librarians in South Africa were surveyed. The findings indicated medical school libraries have been affected by the introduction of PBL. Librarians had to change the way they conducted user education. Medical school libraries needed the appropriate facilities and financial resources to support PBL, while librarians required certain knowledge and skills to participate effectively in PBL.

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