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ERIC Number: ED423862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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An Investigation of PreK-12 Educators' Information Needs and Search Behaviors on the Internet.
Small, Ruth V.; Sutton, Stuart; Eisenberg, Michael; Miwa, Makiko; Urfels, Claire
The Internet contains a vast array of educational resources, ranging from individual activities to whole curricula. This research study used content analyses and an electronic questionnaire to investigate how and why PreK-12 educators use information from the Internet for instructional design purposes in order to inform the design of an Internet-based system that provides one-stop, any-stop access to Internet-based educational materials. Results indicate that lesson plans are the most sought-after instructional resource on the Internet. The data also revealed that, although most respondents use the Internet for instructional planning, they often consult several resources (print, electronic, and/or human) and use or adapt the information to meet their specific instructional needs. Tables and figures present data related to: elements found in instructional resources; requested information in AskERIC questions; specified information in AskERIC questions; content areas represented by questionnaire respondents; sources of information used for instructional planning; top-rated preferred information sources for instructional planning by subject area; amount of Internet use for instructional planning by subject area; critical elements of Internet-based lesson plans; ease of Internet search; amount of relevant information found; and level of satisfaction with Internet search. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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