The Same, but Different: An Exploratory Study of English as Second Language Learners in the Context of their Information Behaviour Related to Recreational Reading
Research problem: This research was a localised (Wellington-based) exploration of the information behaviour of adult immigrant English as Second Language (ESL) Learners in relation to their recreational reading. It explored the context of their everyday lives and the individual experiences of ESL Learners. It contributes to the development of our understanding of immigrant information behaviour in the Library and Information Studies field. Methodology: A qualitative methodology was used. This was in the form of semi-structured interviews conducted with each of the five participants and qualitative data analysis techniques. A purposive sample was drawn from adult, immigrant members of the Wellington ESL community. Results: The information behaviour of the participants interviewed was found to be wide ranging and often specific to the individual's needs. Some similarities in the participant's experiences were found. The participant's information behaviour was found to be influenced by a number of social and cultural factors. Language was found to significantly impact the participant's information behavior. Implications: This research implies that there is a continuing need for ongoing investigation into the information behaviour of ESL learners and immigrants within the Library and Information Studies community. This will have ongoing implication for public libraries as they continue to find new and better ways to meet the needs of this group.