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Scholarly Journal of Scientific Research and Essay (SJSRE) Vol. 7(5), pp. 65-73, November 2018
Available online at http:// www.scholarly-journals.com/SJSRE
ISSN 2315-6163 © 2018 Scholarly-Journals

Influence of parental background on information behaviour of Private Secondary School Students’ In Eti-Osa Local Government Area, Lagos State

Amuni, SaratIyabode and Apotiade, Julius Kayode (PhD).

Library, Archival and Information Studies Department, University Of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria



The information behaviour of secondary school students has been identified as a phenomenon that is germane to their educational lives and thus, require urgent attention of all stakeholders in the sector since information has become a key requirement in the 21st century for basic human survival, hence, this study aimed at investigating the information behaviour of private secondary school students alongside their parental background. The study adopted a descriptive survey design.Three research questions and one hypothesis formed the basis of eliciting responses from two hundred and ninety-three (293) respondents drawn from six secondary schools using the stratified random sampling technique with the aid of a self-designed questionnaire tagged “PBIBS”. Findings revealed that the information behaviour of senior secondary school students was just as the “Google Generation” as indicated in previous researches. They believed everything called “information” could be easily retrieved from “Google”, a popular search engine used by today’s youth. Parental backgrounds of students also revealed that children that attended private school had parents with higher level of education which corresponded with occupation level that mostly require a formal training. Also, parents were financially able to provide adequate educational resources for their children at home, though parents were not able to help their children in the search for information in the specific information sources that were available.The study revealed that there was positive significant relationship between the information behaviour of secondary school students and their parental background(r=.398**, N=293, p<.05).This implied that students’ information behaviour could be improved by their different home backgrounds.Information behaviour of student should be given necessary attention by all stakeholders in education...


Key words: Information behavior, Parental background, Secondary schools students.

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