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University students’ online information searching strategies for well-structured and ill-structured scientific problems
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, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This paper presents a study of students’ online information searching strategies for scientific problems. It examined the impacts of types of scientific problems (ill-structured v.s. well-structured) on students’ online information searching processes, cognitive loadings and online searching achievements. Subjects were six university senior students. Three science topics including two types of problems were used in an online searching task. Online searching log-files, cognitive loadings and working sheet answers were collected for data analysis. Results showed that students spent different amount of time on three searching stages in different types of scientific problems. Cognitive loadings interacted with science topics. Students’ searching achievements were related to topics in well-structured problems. Finally, students’ positions regarding controversial issues were selfdom changed after online searching. Results will be discussed in the conference.

Citation

Tsai, M.J. (2009). University students’ online information searching strategies for well-structured and ill-structured scientific problems. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3112-3114). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 19, 2019 from .