Children's use of the Yahooligans! Web search engine. III. Cognitive and physical behaviors on fully self‐generated search tasks

Children's use of the Yahooligans! Web search engine. III. Cognitive and physical behaviors on... This article presents the third part of a research project that investigated the information‐seeking behavior and success of seventh‐grade science children in using the Yahooligans! Web search engine/directory. In parts 1 and 2, children performed fully assigned tasks to pursue in the engine. In the present study, children generated their tasks fully. Children's information seeking was captured from the cognitive, physical, and affective perspectives using both quantitative and qualitative inquiry methods. Their information‐seeking behavior and success on the fully self‐generated task was compared to the behavior and success they exhibited in the two fully assigned tasks. Children were more successful on the fully self‐generated task than the two fully assigned tasks. Children preferred the fully self‐generated task to the two fully assigned tasks due to their ability to find the information sought and satisfaction with search results rather than the nature of the task in itself (i.e., self‐generated aspect). Children were more successful when they browsed than when they searched by keyword on the three tasks. Yahooligans! design, especially its poor keyword searching, contributed to the breakdowns children experienced. Implications for system design improvement and Web training are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology Wiley

Children's use of the Yahooligans! Web search engine. III. Cognitive and physical behaviors on fully self‐generated search tasks

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
2330-1635
eISSN
2330-1643
DOI
10.1002/asi.10145
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Abstract

This article presents the third part of a research project that investigated the information‐seeking behavior and success of seventh‐grade science children in using the Yahooligans! Web search engine/directory. In parts 1 and 2, children performed fully assigned tasks to pursue in the engine. In the present study, children generated their tasks fully. Children's information seeking was captured from the cognitive, physical, and affective perspectives using both quantitative and qualitative inquiry methods. Their information‐seeking behavior and success on the fully self‐generated task was compared to the behavior and success they exhibited in the two fully assigned tasks. Children were more successful on the fully self‐generated task than the two fully assigned tasks. Children preferred the fully self‐generated task to the two fully assigned tasks due to their ability to find the information sought and satisfaction with search results rather than the nature of the task in itself (i.e., self‐generated aspect). Children were more successful when they browsed than when they searched by keyword on the three tasks. Yahooligans! design, especially its poor keyword searching, contributed to the breakdowns children experienced. Implications for system design improvement and Web training are discussed.

Journal

Journal of the Association for Information Science and TechnologyWiley

Published: Nov 1, 2002

References

  • Web search engines for children: A comparative study and performance evaluation of Yahooligans!, Ask Jeeves for Kids™, and Super Snooper™
    Bilal, D.
  • Searcher response in a hypertext‐based bibliographic information retrieval system
    Dimitrof, A.; Wolfram, Z.
  • How do children find information on different types of tasks? Children's use of the Science Library Catalog
    Hirsh, S.G.

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