Extracurricular Information Seeking: Adolescents’ Informal Information Seeking Practices
9 Pages Posted: 18 May 2018
Date Written: May 4, 2018
This paper examines the various models for adolescents’ information-seeking behavior in informal settings, with a particular focus on students 11-18 in both online and offline information contexts. Drawing on the work of leading scholars in youth information behavior, we examine the processes by which adolescents seek, discover, and use information in settings apart from traditional classrooms or workplaces. We consider the efficacy of extant models for adolescent information seeking and propose means by which those models could be modified, augmented, or clarified to include experiences of adolescents in more diverse contexts. Finally, we question the ways in which individuals and information institutions might continue to support adolescents’ information-seeking behavior and information needs.
Keywords: youth, information-seeking behavior models, information in informal contexts, information literacy
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