Papers 9: Information Behaviors in Academic Environments
From Gridiron Gang to Game Plan: Impact of ICTs on Student Athlete Information Seeking Practices, Routines, and Long-Term Goals
1Suffolk University, United States of America; 2Clemson University, United States of America; 3University of Maryland, College Park; 4Syracuse University, United States of America
Our qualitative study explores the lives of college student athletes and their use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as they plan their transition from student life to life after graduation. While ICTs such as social media, smartphones, and the internet are becoming more ubiquitous on college campuses and embedded within daily routines, student athletes contend with finding the appropriate information at the right time to navigate through critical life choices. In a thematic analysis of 15 interviews with U.S. student athletes, we uncover factors that affect ICT use in both their athletic and academic environments. We discuss ICTs as transition mediaries and present implications for college athletics programs to improve the holistic student athlete experience and the transition beyond college.
Mobile News Processing: University Students’ Reactions to Inclusion/Exclusion-Related News
Simmons University, United States of America
This paper presents the results of a diary study involving 49 university students reporting how they consume and react to news via their mobile phones. In their diary entries, participants used 23 pairs of semantic differential scales to express their reactions. Out of 265 political and society news items submitted, 68 were inclusion/exclusion-related news. The most frequent categories of inclusion/exclusion news were related to “ethnicity/race,” “gender/sexual orientation,” and “religion,” and these three groups of news items counted for over 85% of all inclusion/exclusion related news that were submitted. Significant differences were found in participants’ choices of semantic adjectives between inclusion news and exclusion news, as well as between inclusion/exclusion news and general news. Findings provide an insightful understanding of the interests, value judgment, and emotional attachments of university students in the US to inclusion/exclusion and to general news.
Sexual Information Behavior of Filipino University Students
1University of the Philippines, Philippines; 2University of California, Irvine
Having a better knowledge of sexual health could lead to having improved programs and projects in educating people who are sexually active, those who are curious about their sexuality, and those who are planning to engage in the sexual experience. Additionally, by learning more about sexual health and having an idea on what it is, it would help in letting people understand the concepts of sexuality, sexual relationships, and its role in creating better and efficient prevention pro-grams for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), teen pregnancy issues, and other concerns regarding sexual health.
This study aimed to find out the following: the sexual health information needs and seeking behavior of undergraduate students; as well as if user context played a vital role in affecting their sexual health information needs and/or seeking behavior. Through the use of an online survey among undergraduate students of the University of the Philippines Diliman, the study was able to present the sexual health information needs and sexual health information seeking behavior of the undergraduate students. It has also determined that various characteristics of undergraduate students have an association on whether they would seek sexual health information or not.