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ERIC Number: EJ1065032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1475-939X
The Role of Exploratory Talk in Classroom Search Engine Tasks
Knight, Simon; Mercer, Neil
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v24 n3 p303-319 2015
While search engines are commonly used by children to find information, and in classroom-based activities, children are not adept in their information seeking or evaluation of information sources. Prior work has explored such activities in isolated, individual contexts, failing to account for the collaborative, discourse-mediated nature of search engine use which is common in classroom contexts. This small-scale study explored the established "typology of talk", particularly "exploratory talk", in a classroom search context. The authors found that the most successful pupils were those who engaged in the most exploratory talk. This finding has practical classroom implications: the collaborative nature of search and potential of collaboration and discourse should be exploited in search-based tasks. This study also indicates a rich area for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)