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The model of domain learning as a framework for understanding Internet navigation

, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States ; , University of Illinois, Chicago, United States ; , Northern Illinois University, United States

Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 17, Number 2, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


When examined across studies and fields, navigation research is fragmented and inconsistent. In this article, we argue that this is the result of navigation research having generally been conducted without guidance from an overarching theoretical framework. In order to illustrate our position, we have included results from a very simple investigation conducted under the auspices of the Model of Domain Learning (MDL). Though the focus of this article is not data driven, the results presented highlight how a theoretical framework like the MDL can help clarify questions, define variables, and ease interpretations of research on navigation. Future directions for research examining navigation are offered.


Schrader, P.G., Lawless, K. & Mayall, H. (2008). The model of domain learning as a framework for understanding Internet navigation. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 17(2), 235-258. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 22, 2019 from .


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