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ERIC Number: EJ1104603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1368-1613
The Development of Children's Web Searching Skills--A Non-Linear Model
Enochsson, AnnBritt
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v11 n1 Oct 2005
Introduction: The aim of this article is to determine the various skills necessary for seeking information on the Internet in educational settings. Throughout the article there is also an aim to present the students' perspective on possibilities and difficulties when using the Internet. Methods: The approach is ethnographic, which requires various data collection methods. In total 110 students in four different settings have participated. Analyses: The analyses were partly made with the help of the software NUD*IST for qualitative analyses, where sentences both from interviews and field notes were coded. Some analyses were of qualitative nature and based on selected material from the coded texts. Others were strictly quantitative and compared data from coded qualitative material with questionnaires and computer logs in a database sheet. In ethnographic analyses the material is read several times and compared in different ways to see what themes will emerge. In this case the respondents have also commented upon the result. Result: The students regard six different skills as fundamental: language, knowledge about the technology, knowledge about different ways of information seeking, how search engines work, setting goals and being critical.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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