NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ1088720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1927-6044
A World of Information at Their Fingertips: College Students' Motivations and Practices in Their Self-Determined Information Seeking
Nadelson, Louis S.; Sias, Christina M.; Matyi, Joshua; Morris, Sterling R.; Cain, Ryan; Cromwell, Matthew; Lund, Emily M.; Furse, Joseph; Hofmannova, Adela; Johnson, McKenzie; Seegmiller, Janiece; Xie, Tianyi
International Journal of Higher Education, v5 n1 p220-231 2016
People frequently engage in the process of "heutagogy" (i.e., self-determined learning). Unlike pedagogy and andragogy, heutagogy occurs without a structure or leader setting the context and directing the learning toward a specific goal. The lack of structure and the possible self-determination of topic, value, source, and trust in information led us to wonder about the motivations, goals, and processes considered by college students as they engage in self-determined learning. We conducted a survey with 83 American college students regarding their information-seeking preferences and behaviors. Some students reported accessing different media depending on what information they were seeking, while others sought multiple forms of information from the same media. Family and community influenced their trust in media, yet they also recognized experts and data as important justifications for credibility of media. We exposed some relationships among personal characteristics, perceptions of information, and self-determined learning activities. We conclude with implications and directions for future research.
Sciedu Press. 1120 Finch Avenue West Suite 701-309, Toronto Ontario, Canada M3J 3H7. Tel: 416-479-0028; Fax: 416-642-8548; e-mail: ijhe@scieduca; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A