Understanding information-seeking achievement emotions: exploring a cognitive appraisal theory framework

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

86 Downloads (Pure)


Introduction. Given the limited body of literature on information-seeking emotions in library and information science research in general and relative to appraisal theories in an educational context, the findings of this paper will make a valuable conceptual and theoretical contribution to the field. The paper explores a proposed appraisal theory framework for understanding the information-seeking emotions of higher education students in learning and achieving information-seeking skills. Studying this process is crucial for academic success and future research-informed practice.

Method. The relevance of applying the framework, Scherer´s (2005) semantic space of emotions and Pekrun´s (2006) control-value theory of achievement emotions, is presented, elucidated and discussed. Concepts, elements, structure and dynamics of the theories are presented.

Analysis and results. The framework offers an understanding and explanation of the nature of information-seeking emotions and their interplay with cognitive appraisals in the complex constructivist learning process of achieving information-seeking skills.

Conclusion. Viewed together, the framework has the potential to be an appropriate analytical tool to investigate information-seeking emotions in the process of learning and achieving information-seeking skills.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2022-Oct-30
EventConceptions of Library and Information Science: CoLIS11 - Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 2022-May-292022-Jun-01
Conference number: 11


ConferenceConceptions of Library and Information Science
Abbreviated titleCoLIS
Internet address

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogy (50301)


  • information-seeking behaviour
  • information literacy
  • information-seeking emotions
  • academic achievement
  • achievement emotions


Dive into the research topics of 'Understanding information-seeking achievement emotions: exploring a cognitive appraisal theory framework'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this