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Who Do They Turn To? <br />Information Seeking Preferences of 5th Grade Students<br />Research Proposal<br />April 17, 201...
Who  do students turn to when they are seeking information.<br />Teachers<br />Peers<br />Parents?<br />Others??<br />Libr...
Why do students turn to particular individuals?<br />Convenience<br />Comfort level<br />Quality of answers<br />Quality o...
General Characteristics of Student Information Seeking Behavior<br />Fill in the blank mentality<br />Focus on “amount” of...
Human sources of information<br />Agosto and Hughes-Hassell study<br />A majority of participants preferred human sources ...
Crow’s study<br />Intrinsically motivated students<br />Approach information seeking differently<br />Look for challenges<...
Methodology<br />Qualitative Methods Approach<br />One on one semi structured interviews<br />20-30 minutes in length<br /...
Adjustments – mid research<br />Interviewed two students<br />Research Project<br />Role of student<br />Similar responses...
Coding<br />My coding focused on words and/or phrases that indicated the following:<br />Resources:  human and non human<b...
Broad Code Definitions<br />
Who do Students most often ask for help?<br />Hierarchy<br />At school<br />Classmate before teacher<br />“If I need a lit...
Why do students turn to particular individuals? <br />Convenience<br />Ask closest person<br />Comfort Level<br />More com...
My thoughts<br />Focus more on the “Why” next time. <br />Would address students preferences<br />2 research questions did...
Adjustments for Full Study<br />Add questions about preference<br />Use three data collections methods<br />Questionnaire<...
Discussion Questions<br />Based on what you have heard AND what you already knew <br />What is the best use of a librarian...
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  1. 1. Who Do They Turn To? <br />Information Seeking Preferences of 5th Grade Students<br />Research Proposal<br />April 17, 2010<br />Jenny Linn<br />LIS 7920<br />
  2. 2. Who do students turn to when they are seeking information.<br />Teachers<br />Peers<br />Parents?<br />Others??<br />Librarian!<br />
  3. 3. Why do students turn to particular individuals?<br />Convenience<br />Comfort level<br />Quality of answers<br />Quality of assistance<br />
  4. 4. General Characteristics of Student Information Seeking Behavior<br />Fill in the blank mentality<br />Focus on “amount” of information<br />Seek most convenient sources<br />Copy rather then understand information<br />Lack of knowledge tends to affect searching<br />Common Thread in studies “Path of least resistance”<br />
  5. 5. Human sources of information<br />Agosto and Hughes-Hassell study<br />A majority of participants preferred human sources in their everyday information seeking.<br />Friends<br />Family<br />School Employees<br />
  6. 6. Crow’s study<br />Intrinsically motivated students<br />Approach information seeking differently<br />Look for challenges<br />View learning and discovering as an enjoyable endeavor<br />Willingly follow where the search leads<br />
  7. 7. Methodology<br />Qualitative Methods Approach<br />One on one semi structured interviews<br />20-30 minutes in length<br />5 prepared guiding question<br />Subjects were 3 - 5th grade students<br />2 female <br />1 male<br />2 students <br />1 neighbor<br />
  8. 8. Adjustments – mid research<br />Interviewed two students<br />Research Project<br />Role of student<br />Similar responses<br />Interviewed a neighbor<br />Used examples outside of the school setting<br />
  9. 9. Coding<br />My coding focused on words and/or phrases that indicated the following:<br />Resources: human and non human<br />Feelings<br />Preferences<br />Roles of human resources<br /> <br />
  10. 10. Broad Code Definitions<br />
  11. 11. Who do Students most often ask for help?<br />Hierarchy<br />At school<br />Classmate before teacher<br />“If I need a little bit of information I ask a friend, if I need more then I ask the teacher.”<br />No mention of School Librarian<br />At Home<br />Certain family members preferred based on subject<br />“Dad is a computer type thing so he helps a lot with Math.”<br />
  12. 12. Why do students turn to particular individuals? <br />Convenience<br />Ask closest person<br />Comfort Level<br />More comfortable asking classmate then teacher?<br />Quality of information<br />Students did consider this. <br />
  13. 13. My thoughts<br />Focus more on the “Why” next time. <br />Would address students preferences<br />2 research questions did not get addressed<br />I failed to ask the questions in the interview<br />Important research <br />Understudied group<br />Useful information for programming decisions<br />
  14. 14. Adjustments for Full Study<br />Add questions about preference<br />Use three data collections methods<br />Questionnaire<br />Small group discussions<br />One on one interviews<br />Use recording devices<br />Consider timing of research<br />Consider using more than one school<br />
  15. 15. Discussion Questions<br />Based on what you have heard AND what you already knew <br />What is the best use of a librarians time and resources when it comes to teaching information literacy skills? Parents, students Teachers?<br />Librarians were rarely mentioned by the students interviewed. What can we do to make librarians more visible to students?<br />

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