Information Seeking Behavior of Santriwati of Madrasah Aliyah Pondok Pesantren Jakarta: A Study of Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions Perspective in Information Seeking Behavior

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The need of information is a basic need that is required to understand every moment in life. This is in accordance to the definition of information as an urge to overcome uncertainties or problems and to find solution and improvement. The need of information, be it a psychological, affective, or cognitive need, led someone to undertake an act of information seeking, known as information seeking behavior. The development of information seeking behavior nowadays expands into interdisciplinary study. One of them is using cultural dimension to have a better sight on the research. This paper discusses the information seeking behavior of the santri of the Madrasah Aliyah (Upper Secondary School students) Pondok Pesantren Jakarta, using the information seeking behavior Big Six Skill model from Eisenberg- Berkowitz, and two of Hofstede national cultural dimensions; Indonesian score of Power Distance and Individualism. This research will explore the uniqueness of Pondok Pesantren as one of typical Indonesian educational institution in coloring their students’ information seeking behavior. Keywords: information seeking behaviour, Geert Hofstede, power distance, individualism, big 6 skills, pondok pesantren, Iindonesia I.INTRODUCTIONInformation is a basic humans’ need which is used to understand and to comprehend every actions and events that happened. In literal sense, information means enlightenment, announcement, reports or news about something (KBBI Daring), while in the context of information science, information is defined as any stimulus that affects one’s certainty, which makes a person aware of the need and create a change in certain level or degree (James Krikelas, 1983). In explaining the discipline of information science, Vickery stated that the discipline of information science focuses in every aspect of the chain of information transfer activities, but the heart of its interest is search; how series of information transferring process works and specifically the searching process (Robinson & Bawden, 2011). There are several models of information seeking steps, each emphasize different aspects. James Krikelas (1983) stressed the aspect of needs and divided the information seeking stage into 4 steps: Perceiving a need, the search itself, finding the information, using the information. The other model was developed by Eisenberg and Berkowitz which is known as the Big Six Skills model: task definition, information seeking, implementation, use, synthesis, and evaluation (Weiler, 2005). This model has several advantages, such as involving crtitical thinking and problem solving dimensions, able to explain the information seeking process which is not always linear/resolute in its steps, and ideal to use in increasing integrated skills of one curriculum subject’s area (Hayden, n.d.). This model also often used in students’ research. Those are the reasons we use Big 6 Skills model for this research. Jurnal Ilmu Informasi, Perpustakaan dan Kearsipan. Volume 21 No mor 1, April 2019. Halaman 11-18. "Information Seeking Behavior of Santriwati of Pondok Pesantren Jakarta: A Study of Hostede’s Cultural Dimensions Perspective in Information Seeking Behavior / Lisda Liyanti" ISSN 1411-0253 / E-I SSN 2502-7409. Tersedia online pada http://jipk.ui.ac.id (19) (PDF) Information Seeking Behavior of Santriwati of Madrasah Aliyah Pondok Pesantren Jakarta: A Study of Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions Perspective in Information Seeking Behavior. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332562660_Information_Seeking_Behavior_of_Santriwati_of_Madrasah_Aliyah_Pondok_Pesantren_Jakarta_A_Study_of_Hofstede%27s_Cultural_Dimensions_Perspective_in_Information_Seeking_Behavior [accessed Jun 11 2021].
Original languageEnglish
JournalJurnal Ilmu Informasi, Perpustakaan dan Kearsipan
Publication statusPublished - 0002

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