Navigation Flow Map Method of Representing Students' Searching Strategies on the Web
Chia-Ching Lin, Chin-Chung Tsai, Institute of Education and Center for Teacher Education, NCTU, Taiwan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
To explore learners' on-line searching behavior and to acquire a better understanding of users' features of navigation procedures, we investigated six university students' approaches to Web-based information seeking, and their involved flow paths. A new method, called 'navigation flow map', was proposed to display fluid and multilayered relationships between Web navigation and information retrieval. The navigation flow map provided a graphical representation of the flow of Web navigation and offered some quantitative indicators for searching strategy analyses. The data revealed that six university students with different majors (science versus social studies) could be categorized into 'Match', 'Mixed', and 'Exploration' information searching groups. Students in the 'Exploration' group expressed more complicated navigation structures as shown by the analyses of navigation flow maps. In addition, the students in the 'Exploration' group attained better task performance than the other groups of learners.
Lin, C.C. & Tsai, C.C. (2005). Navigation Flow Map Method of Representing Students' Searching Strategies on the Web. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3229-3236). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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