June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Two Year College Division
23.182.1 - 23.182.9
An investigation of the Information-Seeking Behaviors of Two-Year College Students Enrolled in Technology ProgramsIncreasingly, the demand for a highly skilled workforce has been front and center among mediaoutlets, legislative initiatives, and political speeches. Two-year technical and communitycolleges play a key role in providing new and expanding industries with the highly skilledworkforce they require. However, the current literature does not provide a clear understanding onhow students enrolled in automotive, aviation, and manufacturing technology programs seekinformation that supports their technical education. This knowledge is important in thedevelopment of educational resources and tools that will be most effective for their educationaladvancement.As part of a regional effort to better understand internet use among this group of students, asurvey instrument was deployed at four two-year technical and community colleges in SouthCarolina. The target population for this survey was students enrolled in Aircraft MaintenanceTechnology, Avionics Maintenance Technology, Automotive Technology, and ManufacturingTechnology programs. The aim of this survey was to understand the online information-seekingbehaviors of two-year technical college students for educational materials specific to theaviation, automotive, and manufacturing industries. The survey also pursued information aboutstudent’s usage of mobile devices (i.e., smart phones and tablets), social media, blogs, and videogames. More than 200 students responded to the survey.The results of the survey will be utilized to inform how technical college students at different agegroups, race, and ethnicity use communication channels, including the Internet, to obtaineducational information. In addition, the results will advise the design of interventions toovercome barriers identified in the delivery and consumption of online resources and tools. Inall, the results of this survey are intended to impact the development of more effective technicaleducation strategies for online delivery of courses, resources, and tools.
Zelaya, M. I., & Chalil Madathil, K., & Bertrand, J., & Wang, T., & Gramopadhye, A. K., & Wagner, J. R., & DUPE Babu, S. V. (2013, June), An investigation of the Information-Seeking Behaviors of Two-Year College Students Enrolled in Technology Programs Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19196
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