Information seeking for instructional planning: An exploratory study

Ruth V. Small, Stuart Sutton, Makiko Miwa, Claire Urfels, Michael Eisenberg

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Although the amount and range of educational resources on the Internet is vast, finding appropriate materials for a given instructional situation is often problematic. This research study explored the information-seeking and Internet-searching patterns of prekindergarten through 12th-grade educators as part of the Gateway to Educational Materials project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Some results indicate that educators tend to search for lesson plans more than other types of instructional resources and use parts of an instructional resource or adapt a resource to their specific situations rather than use the resource “as is.” Some differences in information-seeking patterns among various educator groups were also found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-219
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Research on Computing in Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998


  • Information-seeking behavior
  • Instructional design
  • Internet
  • Networked information discovery and retrieval

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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