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Title: Use of information sources by upper secondry science students in Kuala Lumpur
Authors: Wee, Siu Hiang
Keywords: Information sources
Upper secondary science
Kuala Lumpur
Internet use
Home collection
Computer and Internet
Issue Date: Apr-1999
Publisher: University of Malaya
Abstract: This study was undertaken to identify the use of information sources by upper secondary science students and ascertain the patterns of Internet use among them. The study, using the questionnaire survey method, was conducted with 608 Form Four and Form Six Science students from fourteen schools in Kuala Lumpur. Background information of schools was gathered from school administrators. The study revealed that all schools have computers, with mean students-computer ratio of 72 : 1, while 64.3% of the schools have Internet facilities. Only 10.2% of the teachers have received IT training. The School Resource Center collection among schools varied greatly between 3,367 to 25,000 volumes of books, 5 to 22 titles of magazines, 2 to 8 newspapers and others. Only three School Resource Centers had Internet connection. Internet, newspapers and television programs ranked high for providing general, sports as well as entertainment information. School Resource Centers and Internet were used for assignment and subject information. Textbooks and home collection were used for the preparation of study notes. Teacher's recommendation in class has a positive effect on student's choice of subject information sources. People was the main channel used for obtaining information on school/college choices and jobs. Provision of digital information in schools was low. Reference books, magazines and newspapers in the SRC were rated most highly useful. Internet was accessed by 51.5% of the respondents. Students mainly accessed the Net at home, and they acquired Internet skills by self- teaching or learning from friends. Over 70% of Net users spent less than 5 hours a week on various functions, but few used it for study-related activities. Major problems faced were "lack of skills" and "lack of time". Internet was perceived to provide fast and efficient access to rich information. Majority believed that Internet did not affect their learning process, 20.7% reported a positive effect and 4.5% a negative effect. There were significant relationships between the use of Internet with gender, English grade, parents' level of education, parents' income, availability of Internet in school, and locality of Internet in school.
Description: Dissertation (M.L.I.S.) -- Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, 1999
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/677
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