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Title: Information seeking behaviour of trainee treachers in selected teacher traning colleges in the state of Johor
Authors: Ambikapathi Shanmugam
Keywords: Information seeking behaviour
Teacher education
Trainee treachers
Teacher traning
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: University of Malaya
Abstract: This study investigates the information seeking behaviour of trainee teachers from two teacher training colleges within the state ofJohor. A total of 197 pre-service teachers from the fifth semester, enrolled in the Malaysian Diploma in Teaching program were randomly selected. The data-collecting instrument consisted of a questionnaire. The findings revealed that a majority of the trainees' information needs were focused around their course work and there was a low awareness of information needs that were not related to teaching. More than half the trainees moderately expressed positive feelings of 'interest' and 'excitement' for seeking information. As for negative feelings, the feelings of 'desperate' were most prevalent. Motives for seeking information among the pre- service teachers were focused around their career and the need to excel in college life. The pursuit of information to impress others was clearly rejected. Informal and interpersonal sources were largely preferred by trainees. The most heavily used information sources were lecture notes, lecturers and fellow course mates. Renowned printed sources such as journals, encyclopaedia, and indexes recorded a low frequency of use. Trainees from all course majors favoured sources in Bahasa Melayu to English. Even though the trainees rated public libraries as most excellent, they frequented college library most despite rating it as the third best. Accessibility was considered as the most important external attribute of information. Currency and relevancy of information were given high priority amongst the internal attributes. Accessibility to sources and using the OPAC were cited as major problems when locating information. Further investigations showed that computers were largely used for typing rather than for seeking and processing information.
Description: Dissertation (M.L.I.S.) -- Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, 1999
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/668
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