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What is Information Seeking Anxiety

Handbook of Research on Individual Differences in Computer-Assisted Language Learning
This is a kind of anxiety or apprehension that arises in the process of information searching.
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The Relationship between Online Information Seeking Anxiety and English Reading Proficiency across Gender
Mehrak Rahimi (Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Iran) and Zahra Bayat (Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Iran)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8519-2.ch019
In this chapter the relationship between Iranian EFL learners' online information seeking anxiety and reading ability is investigated. The sample included 177 high-school students of an urban area in Iran. In order to measure their reading ability, the reading section of Primary English Test (PET) was used. To assess their online information searching anxiety, Information Seeking Anxiety scale (ISAS) was used. The results of the correlational analysis showed that there is a negative relationship between ISAS (and all its components) and PET. When male and female participants were considered separately, English reading was not found to be related to anxiety among boys; while it was moderately associated with anxiety among girls. The result of regression showed that EFL reading ability is a significant predictor of online information seeking anxiety and can predict more than 7% of the variance of online information searching anxiety; however the power of reading to reduce searching anxiety was found to be much stronger (more than 18%) among females.
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