Need for Cognition in Information Seeking-Sharing During E-Learning
Keywords:Need for Cognition, Information seeking-sharing, e-learning.
Need for Cognition is a cognitive motivation that can predict involvement in information seeking-sharing during e-learning. Information Seeking-Sharing is a major component of current e-learning practice and it is important to understand possible determinants of such an activity. This paper was aimed at investigating the relationship between Need for Cognition and Information Seeking-Sharing behavior in e-learning. Using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) by Davis (1989), this work investigated the variables in two studies. The studies were conducted with participants in Germany (n= 107) and Ghana (n = 212), in both German and English languages with standard scales. Using simple linear regressions, the study tested Need for Cognition as an independent variable and Information Seeking-Sharing behavior as a dependent variable. Results support the relationship between the two variables. Discussions suggest that Need for Cognition can predict Information Seeking-Sharing behavior. Implications of such findings and limitations of the study are then outlined.