INFORMATION SEEKING THROUGH INTERNET: METHODOLOGY(1)

Research Design

To understand how Internet is used for information seeking among trainee teachers in Malaysia, a qualitative research design, which is single case study, was employed. Through qualitative case study methodology, the research was explored in depth within its context through multiple facets (Baxter and Jack, 2008). The case study involved a teacher training institute in Malaysia. The location was chosen since the institute was well equipped with multimedia labs and all lecture rooms were equipped with computer facilities and optical fiber connections. Data was obtained through the use of documents analysis, participant observation, in-depth interview and researcher’s observation field notes to identify whether the level of computer usage among trainee teachers is influenced by their personal background, attitude, facilities provided, training undergone, and supports received from institutional management.

Participants

This research involved a four-month long (March to July 2009) observation on six trainee teachers in an undergraduate teacher preparation program from Malaysian Teacher Training Institute. In details, the participants were enrolled into the course of Technology and Design, particularly in the field of Food Management. The learning process involved steps to integrate learning with Internet resourcing skills.

Sampling technique used was purposive sampling. Since the objective was to gather data as many as possible, the sampling process was stopped when no more data could be gathered from new sample. Hence, level of data saturation and redundancy are the main criterion of the research (Merriam, 2001). The setting for the research was in general trainee teachers with experiences in using computer. According to Merriam (2001), participants or location of a qualitative research must be chosen based on several criteria. Participants of this research reflected trainee teachers of third semester who enrolled Food Management subject as a pre-requisite for their degree program. To gain deeper knowledge on each participant’s academic performance, the lecturer who taught them this subject was also chosen to be interviewed.

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