Fischler College of Education: Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Abraham S. Fischler College of Education

Advisor

Nayesia Hernandez

Committee Member

Nydia Cummings

Abstract

The objective of this study was to know the information searching process of doctoral education distance program Hispanic students offered by Anglo-American institutions of higher education. Standards related to the library services; theories of distance education by Holmberg, Knowles and Simonson; Zipf theory of Least Effort; and Liu and Yang Distance Learning Search Model were used as theoretical framework. The study design was descriptive with a quantitative approach and a survey as a technique. An anonymous self-administered questionnaire was applied to Hispanic students through the snowball sampling technique. The results of this research were analyzed using descriptive statistics with the help of the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) v.23 computer program. They revealed the profile of the students, the process they perform when looking for information and the factors, favorable and adverse, that affect them during this process. These data can help library administrators meet the information needs of Hispanic students as required by accrediting agencies, regardless of where they are at the time of education or the particularities they present. It concludes that students do not use the resources and services of the virtual library at their maximum power, need more guidance and show the slightest effort during the information searching process.

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