How Primary Teachers in Greece Seek Information: Use and Initial Appraisal of Information Resources

  • Emmanouel Garoufallou
  • Stavroula Antonopoulou
  • Ioanna-Ersi PervolarakiEmail author
  • Rania Siatri
  • Georgia Zafeiriou
  • Sirje Virkus
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 676)


During the last decade methods and tools for information seeking (IS) have changed dramatically. In order to help students in their IS process teachers should be information literate themselves. There is a lack of research on teachers’ perceptions and patterns of IS. Only a few studies have focused on teachers’ information seeking behavior (ISB). The aim of the current study is to explore primary school teachers’ perceptions of information literacy (IL), their IL skills, the sources and tools they use to share information and their usage of libraries. The study contributes to the understanding of ISB of primary school teachers and identifies the main problems and challenges they face, and the knowledge and skills needed to teach IS. Furthermore, it provides an understanding of teachers’ views and beliefs concerning IL, the tools that they employ in order to educate students, the problems they encounter, as well as their perceptions about libraries.


Information seeking behaviour Primary teachers Evaluation information resources Teachers’ perceptions Digital skills Information literacy Digital literacy Information retrieval Media literacy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emmanouel Garoufallou
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stavroula Antonopoulou
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ioanna-Ersi Pervolaraki
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Rania Siatri
    • 1
  • Georgia Zafeiriou
    • 1
  • Sirje Virkus
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Library Science and Information SystemsAlexander Technological Educational Institute (ATEI) of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Alcala UniversityAlcalá de HenaresSpain
  3. 3.American Farm School, Perrotis CollegeThessalonikiGreece
  4. 4.School of Digital TechnologiesTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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