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ERIC Number: ED429619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 23
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Searching the Web: Expert-Novice Differences in a Problem Solving Context.
Luconi, Francesca; Tabatabai, Diana
The purpose of this exploratory study was to compare three experts and three novices in a Web-based problem solving context. The task was to search and evaluate Web sources for writing a research paper on a topic (inquiry based instruction, or IBI) that was unfamiliar to the users. The following research questions guided the study: (1) What type of navigational strategies do experts and novices employ to search for information on the Web?; (2) What are the novices' and experts' attitudes and feelings during the search?; and (3) What type of metacognitive strategies do experts and novices use during the Web search? Lessons learned from studying novice and expert Web users have significant instructional implications for educators and designers. Study emphasized that searching information on the Web is a complex phenomenon that requires developing a Personal Information Structure. An appendix presents a list of categories and scores for all novices and experts; and a list of sites shared among some participants and missed by other participants. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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