A SURVEY ON LOCATING AND SELECTING INFORMATION AMONG MALAYSIAN TEACHER EDUCATION INSTITUTE TRAINEES
The survey discovers the competency of locating and selecting information in research process acquired by final year undergraduate trainees of the Darulaman Teacher Education Institute in Kedah, Malaysia. The skills are considered as highly important for trainee teachers to acquire in a comprehensive understanding of information literacy competency to pursue a research. The scope of survey is based on 111 trainees representing the whole study population of final year undergraduate trainee teachers in the institute. Population is segregated into seven various content-area specialisations of teacher education degree for the completion in June 2019. The study analyses problems and issues faced by these trainee teachers tied up to their competency of locating and selecting information while doing their research process that is in line with the Malaysian Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025. The questionnaire findings indicates 4.37 weightage mean score from 90.8% of trainees had voted that they ‘often’ used keywords in locating information about their studies. Meanwhile, the findings also ranked 4.4 weightage mean score bearing 91.3% of trainees that voted they ‘often’ selected relevant contents to meet the needs of their research questions in their research process. The implications from the findings implied that these trainees can be in fact be marked as competent enough to ‘locate and select information for a research process. Here the survey concluded the paragon of excellence to which level of IL is needed in the making of the Ministry’s undergraduate teachers.