ERIC Number: ED407252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
On-Line Search in the Science Classroom: Benefits and Possibilities.
Wallace, Raven; Kupperman, Jeff
This study addresses some basic questions about students' strategies for seeking and using information from the World Wide Web. The questions pertain to the effects of environment and attitudes on students' use of online resources to find information and the development of a typology of strategies. The focus of the study was on describing student activities as they use online resources to find information. The goals of the study were to investigate how students use features of Web-based technology, and how they approach the task of finding and using information in the Web environment. From the results, it is clear that the students are not engaged and thoughtful by virtue of being online; rather, the students are constrained, which may be connected to their consistent reduction of the task to finding an answer or a perfect source. The subjects in this study adapted easily to using the Web through standard Web tools, but none of the focus students progressed beyond naive use of the tools available. Contains 31 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).