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The Information-Seeking Behavior of Youth in the Digital Environment

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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)
Issue Date: 2005
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.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3475
ISSN: 0024-2594
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
 

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