ERIC Number: EJ1097988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Profiling Students' Multiple Source Use by Question Type
List, Alexandra; Grossnickle, Emily M.; Alexander, Patricia A.
Reading Psychology, v37 n5 p753-797 2016
The present study examined undergraduate students' multiple source use in response to two different types of academic questions, one discrete and one open-ended. Participants (N = 240) responded to two questions using a library of eight digital sources, varying in source type (e.g., newspaper article) and reliability (e.g., authors' credentials). Log-data captured students' source use process. Differences were found in the total number and types of sources students accessed when responding to the two questions. Across the questions, cluster analysis identified five consistent patterns of source use; however, the percentage of student in each cluster differed across the two questions.
Descriptors: Profiles, Questioning Techniques, Information Sources, Undergraduate Students, Navigation (Information Systems), Search Strategies, Electronic Libraries, Coding, Multivariate Analysis, Cluster Grouping, Use Studies, Cognitive Style, Readability Formulas, Readability, Nonparametric Statistics, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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