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The impact of information needs satisfaction on the creativity of visual art teachers.

Kolyvas, Spyros; Kostagiolas, Petros A.; Martzoukou, Konstantina


Spyros Kolyvas

Petros A. Kostagiolas


The aim of this study is to investigate how the information needs satisfaction of visual art teachers affects their creativity. Visual art teachers' information seeking behaviour and specifically the association of information needs satisfaction with creativity has been an understudied area, despite competent information seeking being considered essential for high quality practices of art teachers. A questionnaire survey was developed addressing the information seeking behaviour of art teachers, informed by Wilson's model (1981), including visual art teachers' information needs, information resources, obstacles faced while seeking information and the perceived impact of information needs satisfaction on visual art teachers' creativity. The study included 298 visual art teachers in Greece. The results demonstrated that the key information needs of art teachers were mainly related to materials' properties, techniques for creating artwork, and artwork promotion methods. Online information sources were the preferred sources of art information, followed by colleagues, personal collections, and visits to galleries and museums Our study identified lack of time, lack of specialized libraries, and copyright, as the main barriers to information seeking. Information about art plays a substantial role in visual art education, while visual art teachers' information needs satisfaction positively influences their creative endeavours. There is a need to further explore the digital information needs of visual art teachers.


KOLYVAS, S., KOSTAGIOLAS, P. and MARTZOUKOU, K. 2024. The impact of information needs satisfaction on the creativity of visual art teachers. Journal of documentation [online], Early Cite. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 20, 2024
Online Publication Date Feb 26, 2024
Deposit Date Jan 22, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jan 22, 2024
Journal Journal of documentation
Print ISSN 0022-0418
Electronic ISSN 1758-7379
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Visual art teachers; Information-seeking behaviour; Wilson's model; Information needs; Information resources; Information barriers; Creativity; Survey
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