ERIC Number: EJ845173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Children's Conceptualizations of the Word "Information"
Shenton, Andrew K.; Nesset, Valerie; Hayter, Susan
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v40 n3 p151-164 2008
Although information has become increasingly prevalent in young people's lives, minimal research has addressed children's attitudes to the word itself. This paper scrutinizes questionnaire-based data to explore how 45 eight- to ten-year-old Canadians understood the term. "Information" was often considered to be material that met a need, covered particular territory or was associated with action by an individual. The youngsters identified many features they believed characteristic of "good information"; where these requirements were not met the material was frequently deemed "bad information". The research findings have implications for teachers and librarians, as well as for researchers investigating children's information needs. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Information Needs, Student Attitudes, Childhood Attitudes, Childhood Interests, Semantics, Use Studies, Questionnaires, Animals, Foreign Countries, User Needs (Information), Concept Formation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Media Staff; Teachers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada