Indian Journal of Information Sources and Services (IJISS)
Information Needs and Information Seeking Pattern of Adult LearnersAuthor : S. A. Itasanmi and Olajumoke Okanlawon
Volume 9 No.2 April-June 2019 pp 110-115
This study examined the information needs and information seeking pattern of adult learners in literacy programmes in Oyo State, Nigeria. Descriptive research design of the survey type was adopted for the study and 200 learners were randomly selected from literacy centres across the state. A self-structured questionnaire was designed and appropriately reviewed and validated by experts in the field of information studies and adult education. Descriptive statistics of frequency counts, simple percentages and mean score was used to analyse the data collected from the learners. Results of the analysis revealed a ranking of need for information on health and general wellbeing coming first, followed by information on how to acquire basic literacy skills of reading, writing & arithmetic which was ranked second among others. The findings also showed that adult learners seek information mostly through radio and television (mean = 3.0450), followed by textbooks (mean = 2.8550) and through their facilitators (mean = 2.7400). Adult learners also seek information through their various religious books (mean = 2.7350), literacy primers (mean = 2.6300) and social media (mean = 2.5050). Language barrier and unavailability of required materials ranked first and second respectively among others as the challenges they face in seeking information.
Information Needs, Information Seeking Pattern, Adult Learners, Oyo State
 Al-Suqri, M. N., & Lillard, L. L. (2011). Barriers to Effective Information Seeking of Social Scientists in Developing Countries: The Case of Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. Journal of Library & Information Science, 1(2), 86-100. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258560958_Barriers_to_Effective_Information_Seeking_ of_Social_Scientists_in_Developing_Countries_The_Case_of_Sultan_Qaboos_University_in_Oman.
 Broadcasting Board of Governors. (n.d.). Contemporary Media Use in Nigeria. Retrieved from https://www.bbg.gov/wp-content/media/2014/05/Nigeria-research-brief.pdf
 Chawinga, W. D., & Zozie, P. (2016). Information needs and barriers to information sources by open and distance learners: A case of Mzuzu University, Malawi. SA Journal of Information Management, 18(1). doi:10.4102/ sajim.v18i1.692
 Chinnasamy, K. (2016). Information need and information seeking behaviour of engineering college students in Madurai – a case study. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML), 5, 131-140. Retrieved from http://www.qqml.net/papers/March_2016_Issue/5113QQML_Journal_2016_Chinnasamy_131-140.pdf
 Dervin & Brenda. (1983). Information as a User Construct: The Relevance of Perceived Information Needs to Synthesis and Interpretation. In S.A. Ward & L.J. Reed (Eds.) Knowledge Structure and Use: Implications for Synthesis and Interpretation, 153-184. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
 Familusi, E. B., & Owoeye, P. O. (2014). An Assessment of the Use of Radio and other Means of Information Dissemination by the Residents of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti-State, Nigeria. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal), 1088. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com.ng/&httpsredir= 1&article=2747&context=libphilprac.
 Jacobs, W., Amuta, A. O., & Jeon, K. C. (2017). Health information seeking in the digital age: An analysis of health information seeking behaviour among US adults. Cogent Social Sciences, 3(1). doi:10.1080/23311886.2017.1302785
 Jonathan, N. C., & Nwokocha, U. (2015). Information needs and behaviours in developing countries: A perspective of Ranganathans Pmest categorization. International Journal of Library and Information Science, 7(2), 27-32. doi:10.5897/ijlis2014.0455
 NOI Polls. (n.d.). Polls: Sources of information. Retrieved from https://www.noi-polls.com/root/index.php?pid=336&parentid=14&ptid=1
 Prabha, C., Connaway, L. S., Olszewski, L., & Jenkins, L. R. (2007). What is enough? Satisficing information needs. Retrieved from https://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/newsletters/prabha-satisficing.pdf
 Trombetta, S. (2017). 7 Reasons Libraries Are Essential, Now More Than Ever. Retrieved from https://www.bustle.com/p/7-reasons-libraries-are-essential-now-more-than-ever-43901
 UNESCO. (2007). Understanding Information Literacy. Retrieved from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/ 0015/001570/157020e.pdf
 Yadav, S. (2017). Information Needs and Information Seeking Behaviour of Female workers in Lakhipur Tea Garden. IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 22(12), 37-42. Retrieved from http://www.iosrjournals.org/iosr-jhss/papers/Vol.22Issue12/Version-2/F2212023742.pdf