|Title:||The Information-Seeking Behavior of Youth in the Digital Environment
|Author(s):||Dresang, Eliza T.
|Subject(s):||Children and digital resources
|Abstract:||The theory of Radical Change, which is based on the digital age
principles of interactivity, connectivity, and access, is suggested as
a lens to reexamine existing research on youth information-seeking
behavior in the digital environment. After a brief review of research
meta-analyses, which often point to defi cits in youth information-
seeking behavior, questions that emerge from this research
are suggested. Meta-analyses of gender and information behavior
studies fi nd that some recent research disputes former conclusions.
Radical Change is applied to an examination of specifi c facets of
contemporary research in order to demonstrate how new perspectives
can be gained. This analysis addresses commonalities between
information-seeking behavior related to the handheld book with
hypertextual qualities and digital materials, the social nature of information
seeking, and emerging issues of access. It is noted that
the public library as a setting for research has rarely been used, even
though its less structured nature might provide insights that do not
surface in schools. A look at directions for youth information-seeking
behavior research in the future proposes how brain research
might shed further light on behavioral observations. Conclusions
note existing research and summarize some new points of view and
areas for investigation. (from the article)
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In Library Trends 54 (2) Fall 2005: 178-196.
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright 2005 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-12-13