Helena Lipková, Radka Římanová, Adéla Jarolímková, Iva Zadražilová
Information Behavior of Elderly Citizens in Search for Information on Current Events
Klíčová slova: elderly, information behavior, information seclusion, survey, information literacy, information seeking, stáří, informační chování, informační odloučení, výzkum, informační gramotnost, vyhledávání informací
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The objectives of this research were to determine how seniors gather and analyze information about current events, how they seek relevant and reliable resources, which resources they trust, what types of information they prefer and how well they understand information presented. Research was carried out within the target group of elderly students attending the University of the Third Age at Institute of Information Science and Librarianship, Prague and the University of the Third Age at Masaryk University in Brno.
Research methodology included qualitative research methods and techniques like questionnaires as well as observation techniques to monitor information seeking behavior to the given topics.
The analysis of gathered findings concentrated on the application of information literacy skills, in particular selection of information resources, their prioritization, evaluation and relevance assessment etc.
Conclusions: the usage of online information resources vis-a-vis daily events among respondents from our target group progressively increases, in some aspects electronic information sources are more used and/or preferred than traditional media. Information literacy skills correlate with the acquired level of computer handling skills. Despite theoretical knowledge of literate information behavior, there is still large space for improvement particularly in the field of its practical application. Research outcomes are used to improve information literacy curriculum for elderly students at the University of the Third Age (further only U3A)