Using self-determination motivation theory as a theoretical framework, the purpose of this paper is to examine information seeking motivation at the domain level in higher education setting.
Confirmatory factor analysis was used to validate the Information Seeking Motivation Scale – College Version (ISMS – C).
ISMS – C was validated in the information seeking context. Consistent with self-determination theory (SDT), the results imply that students approach research tasks for both controlled and autonomous reasons.
All constructs representing extrinsic and intrinsic motivation on a continuum were confirmed. However, amotivation proved difficult to define with the current sample. Additional studies need to be conducted in higher education setting in order to confirm its existence.
Given that the situational motivation is contingent on domain-level motivation, the ISMS – C scale can be helpful in promoting lasting intrinsic information seeking motivation at that level.
Consistent with the subjectivist orientation in information sciences which aims to account for cognitive and affective forces behind information need, ISMS constructed in the current study is one of the first measurement instruments to account for a spectrum of information seeking motivations at the domain level.
Dubnjakovic, A. (2017), "Information Seeking Motivation Scale development: a self-determination perspective", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 73 No. 5, pp. 1034-1052. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-03-2017-0032Download as .RIS
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