Discussion Post 1

Going through all the readings, I had some reactions to bits and pieces of them all. First off, in Angela Weiler’s (2005) article, she spoke of how students are likely to settle for less-than-stellar information just because they found it faster. I have found myself doing that for two reasons. One, like the student said in the article, “more time to play,” (51). Nobody wants to keep on searching for something that may or may not be there, so after a certain point, they just give up. Second, homework deadlines, anybody? Even if we wanted to find the perfect source of quality information, we often don’t have the time to search for it. Perhaps this time crunch is the reason why so many students learn to give up after spending so much time searching. And that is why people often settle for the less-than-best.

Also, Weiler cites a study that says “only 7% of students’ citations were from the Internet, although this has probably changed dramatically in recent years” (p. 51).  I would say that depends on the field of study. History still mostly relies on books, while scientific studies would rely on Internet sources and databases. Also, the numbers may be askew. While the actual citation page may contain only a few Internet sources, the Internet was probably still heavily used by the student. I know I use a combination of tools online (Google, Amazon, databases) to find what books would be of most use to me, then I go to the library and check out those books and cite it As Weiler says, students are primarily concerned with saving time in their studies.

In Kuhlthau’s “Information Search Process” article (1989), she describes the six stages of information searching, and points out that this is not a strictly linear process. Students, while searching for information, tend to be recursive, going back and forth between stages 3 and 4, and 5. The recursive model does make sense, because as we learn more, we realize we have more to learn, and have to go back to fill in this or that missing piece of the story.

References:

Kuhlthau, C. (1989). “The Information search process of high, middle, and low-achieving high school seniors.” School library media quarterly. 7(4), p. 224-26. Retrieved from: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/detail?accno=EJ398061

Weiler, A. (2005). “Information-seeking behavior in Generation Y students: Motivation, critical thinking, and learning theory.” Journal of academic librarianship, 31(1), p.46-53. Retrieved from: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/detail?accno=EJ697433

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