A Framing of Digital Search Space

Abstract

This study sought to identify the underlying dimensions that contemporary students use to frame their digital search strategies. Responses to a validated and nationally distributed survey protocol were analyzed using image analysis to portray the structure of digital search under two conditions: high stakes – when encountering a difficult problem for class, and low stakes – where a student simply was interested in a topic. In addition, students described their educational climate when using digital information, thereby framing their personal search geographies. The climate resolved itself into: educational beliefs, self-regulated learning, self-confidence and learning strategies. High stakes search framed itself into: seek expertise, internet search, search course materials and ask friends. Lower stakes search reduced to: cast about, ask friends and search internet showing a reduced dimensionality. The authors conclude that search space and its attendant strategies find meaning through embowing student traits, academic resources and networked information in a push and pull environment. 

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Published
2016-01-22
How to Cite
. A Framing of Digital Search Space. International Journal for Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, jan. 2016. ISSN 2472-5161. Available at: <http://ejournals.library.gatech.edu/ijsotel/index.php/ijsotel/article/view/2>. Date accessed: 24 nov. 2017.
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Articles

Keywords

Digital Search; Framing; Personal Geographies; Educational Beliefs; Undergraduate Students