ERIC Number: EJ845095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
When Does an Academic Information Need Stimulate a School-Inspired Information Want?
Beautyman, Wendy; Shenton, Andrew K.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v41 n2 p67-80 2009
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. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Information Needs, Participant Observation, Ethnography, Information Seeking, Grounded Theory, Childhood Interests, Childhood Needs, Foreign Countries, Learning Motivation, Interaction Process Analysis, Discourse Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Media Staff
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)