ERIC Number: ED436143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
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The Relationships between Navigational Patterns and Informational Processing Styles of Hypermedia Users.
Lee, Mi Jar; Harvey, Francis A.
This study investigated the relationships between hypermedia users' information processing styles and navigational patterns. Three aspects of navigational patterns were investigated: navigational depth patterns that reveal how comprehensively users access; navigational path patterns that display what sequences users follow; and navigational method patterns that show what methods users employ when using the system. Subjects were 102 undergraduate students enrolled in management courses. Information processing styles were measured by the Human Information Processing Survey. Thirty-four students were selected for each of left, right, and integrated information processing style groups. The subjects interacted with the A.g.i.l.e. Resource(TM) trainer program to complete open-ended and closed-ended tasks. Significant differences were found among groups in navigational depth patterns; right dominant information processing style subjects accessed significantly more new nodes than left dominant subjects. There was a significant relationship between information processing style and navigational path patterns; right dominant subjects followed significantly more linear paths than integrated subjects. There was a significant relationship between information processing styles and navigational method patterns; left dominant subjects employed significantly more analytical methods than right dominant subjects, and integrated subjects used significantly more analytical methods than right dominant subjects. Results indicate that information processing style plays an important role in how an individual interacts with hypermedia systems. (Contains 77 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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