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Information seeking behavior and affective states: a case of nursing mothers seeking information in the context of formal settings without a crèche facility at department of library and information science A.B.U. Zaria

Ramatu Abdulrasheed Haliru
Aliyu Dogara Mohammed


The study examines the affective state of nursing mothers without access to crèche facilities in Nigeria context. This is because studies have indicated that 60% of student nursing mothers experience serious challenges which resulted to low academic performance and high student dropout. The objective of this study was to uncovered the thought, feeling and actions of student nursing mothers without access to crèche facilities in relations to how they seek, receive and share information during a formal face to face classroom learning activities. To achieve this objective, two principal questions was asked which are how do affective states of student nursing mothers without access to crèche facilities impact the way they seek information, receive information and share information in a formal face to face classroom learning activities? And what are the challenges of students nursing mothers during information seeking and receptions in classroom learning activities? Method: This study adopted interpretative research paradigm using grounded theory methodology, a qualitative case study design approach to investigate the phenomena. Analysis: The data were analyzed and discussed in relation to the research questions raised in line with the thematic qualitative data analysis. Results: The finding of the study revealed domestic tasks, distraction from reading and lack of time like other students are the challenges of student nursing mothers that lead to dropout. Also the study understands that participants are uncomfortable as a result of feeling frustrated and uneasy during information seeking and receiving which have impact on their academic performance. Conclusions: for student nursing mothers to perform effectively and minimize gender inequality in academics, the study recommended that the university should provide a lactation room or day care centre in the department