ERIC Number: ED412949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Meeting Drug Information Needs of Adolescents.
Todd, Ross J.
Drugs are an important life concern of adolescents, yet statistics show alarming and disturbing increases internationally in drug abuse. This paper reports on research that examines how adolescents cognitively process information about drugs. Four 17-year-old girls at a Catholic college in Sydney, Australia participated in a two-phase experiment involving the baseline measures of the girls' knowledge and the introduction of staged exposures to information. The paper explores why they chose and rejected certain information, and how they put it to use. The findings have important implications for the role of school libraries in the provision of drug information, the teaching and learning process, information literacy education, as well as for the role of teachers and teacher-librarians in shaping the knowledge and attitudes of adolescents toward a drug-free lifestyle. Adolescents are selective and constructive in their use of information, and their information needs and goals vary. Enhancing their access to drug information through a tailored collection, improved database access, more effective instructional design, and quality dialogue may well mean a greater quality of life for these adolescents, if not a question of life and death. (Contains 21 references.) (SWC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adoption (Ideas), Cognitive Processes, Drug Education, Drug Use, Foreign Countries, Health Education, High School Students, High Schools, Information Literacy, Information Seeking, Information Utilization, Librarians, Library Role, Prevention, School Libraries, Teacher Role, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia