When does an academic information need stimulate a school-inspired information want?

Beautyman, Wendy and Shenton, Andrew (2009) When does an academic information need stimulate a school-inspired information want? Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 41 (2). pp. 67-80. ISSN 0961-0006

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0961000609102821


This paper explores the nature of school-inspired information wants. It considers how such wants arise and actions taken by youngsters to meet them. The methodology within the study reported was one of interpretivist ethnography, with data collected from two classes of 7- to 8-year-olds in an English primary school via a form of participant observation that incorporated dialogues with pupils and staff. Children were seen to follow up on topics taught in the classroom with their own questions when one or more of seven situations arose. These included instances in which they developed an empathic interest in the protagonists being studied and when they noted inconsistencies in their own understanding. The findings have a range of implications, notably for practices in both education and LIS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: school children, information behavior
Subjects: P100 Information Services
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2009 12:21
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 15:41
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3082

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