An Investigation on Collaborative Information Seeking Behaviour Student Groups in Vocational Education Training Institutions in Tanzania

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University of Dar es Salaam
The main purpose of this study was to investigate collaborative information seeking behavior of student groups in Vocational Education Training institutions in Tanzania. Specifically, the study aimed at examining information needs of student groups, assessing tools that students groups use to seek information during CIS, assessing factors fostering CIS among students groups; as well as investigating barriers VET student groups encounter during collaborative information seeking. The study was conducted in five regions in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar, utilizing observation and interview as the major methods of collecting data, and Focus Group Discussions. Data collected was qualitatively analyzed using thematic analysis technique. Findings revealed that students at VETs had a wide range of information needs, based on type of course as well as type of activities that they performed. The lack of such information adversely affected accomplishment of their assigned group tasks. Findings revealed that student groups relied mostly on search engines as their search tool, and groups members, teachers, colleagues outside the team, textbooks, internet, as their source of information. With regards to information sharing tools, respondents relied upon face to face conversations, telephone calls, text massage, and social media. The finding however, revealed non-use of collaborative information sharing tools. Findings revealed various factor such as CIS, such as complexity of information needs, lack of awareness, lack of expertise, lack of experience, the need to save time, and the need to minimize cost. Findings revealed a number of barrier VET student groups encounter during CIS, such as lack of computer laboratories or connected computers, lack of libraries or support from librarians, limited awareness and search skills. This study recommends establishment of libraries with computers connected to the Internet, awareness creation on collaborative search tools and acquisition of software supportive of CIS.
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Information storage and retrival systems, Searching behavior, Management information systems, Vocational Education Training Institutions, Tanzania
Nkebukwa, L, L. (2018) An Investigation on Collaborative Information Seeking Behaviour Student Groups in Vocational Education Training Institutions in Tanzania. Doctorial dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam.