International Students' Use of Social Media as Information Sources

International Students' Use of Social Media as Information Sources

Samuel Ekundayo (Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand), Chris Niyi Arasanmi (Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand) and Olayemi Abdulateef Aliyu (Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7949-6.ch005

Abstract

International students face tremendous challenges adapting to a new environment. From the pressure to learn a new language, new approach to learning to making new friends, it can sometimes be a daunting and challenging experience for students. In order to cope, they need to access and process large amount of information very quickly, otherwise their mission and purpose of earning foreign certificates might be jeopardized. For this reason, this chapter looks addresses the limited knowledge around the information needs, seeking behavior, and use of international students. This knowledge is important for educators, institutions, and societies to be able to provide the necessary support to help international students cope and adapt to their new environment.
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Information Needs, Behaviour And Use Among International Students

Information behaviour has been defined as how a person or group of persons actively or passively interacts and connects with channels or sources of information, primarily because of purposive intention. Information needs can also be defined as a situation where a person’s current knowledge or available information is inadequate to answer unknown questions or help to achieve their individual or collective goals. This issue has been theoretically argued as an antecedent that continually leads to seeking of further information. Information seeking is an everyday life activity where people unconsciously in their normal daily routines obtain information through mass media, meeting new friends, visiting relatives, associates and recently social media.

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