Selection of Resources

When conducting research for school-related assignments, it was found that high school students exhibited satisficing behaviour, selecting inferior information in order to quickly fill their need (Agosto 2002). Students were less interested in the process by which they obtained their information, and focused more on achieving results (Julien and Barker 2009). There was found to be some difference between students who were seeking out information on a topic that was of personal interest to them, compared to a student looking for information on a topic in which they were not personally invested. Heinstrom (2006) found that students who were interested in the topic found it easier to seek out information, and sought out a wider variety of materials. Studies seemed to suggest, however, that more students were just interested in getting the information they needed and moving on (e.g. Shenton 2004; Fidel et al. 1999).