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ERIC Number: EJ896669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-0337
Forming an Instructional Approach to Teach Web Searching Skills to Non-English Users
Lazarinis, Fotis
Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, v41 n2 p170-179 2007
Purpose: Locating information on the internet is an important skill in the Information Society. Some recent studies showed that searching using non-English terms is a more demanding task than searching in English. Based on these observations, this paper aims to apply the Instructional System Design (ISD) methodology to analyse, design and implement a training course for Greek users. This instructional approach considers the explanation of the internal search engine intelligence and inefficiencies with respect to non-English natural language as its basic structural element. Design/methodology/approach: Based on the ISD methodology, the tasks that needed to be trained as a web searcher were identified and a six-phase instructional sequence was constructed. The instructional methodology is evaluated with the aid of students in an authentic environment. Findings: The evaluation revealed that learners who followed the structured approach and were aware of the search engines' limitations relating to the Greek language performed better in the web searching experiments. Originality/value: The instructional methodology described can be applied in any course which aims at teaching basic web searching skills. The instructional approach presented can also be adapted to other non-English languages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece