Learning Exercise

Searching for Information Seeking Models

People look for information in several diferent ways, depending on several internal and external factors. In this activity learners observe and analyze different individuals' searchiing methods, and identify which searching model they used. 

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Exercise

People look for information in several diferent ways, depending on several internal and external factors. In this activity you observe and analyze different individuals' searchiing methods, and identify which searching model they used. 

1. Read Xie's article "Information Searching and Search Models."

2. In an essay identify your preferred searching model, and explain which factors lead you to using that model. Identify your second-most used searching model, and state what factors would lead you touse this other model.

3. Observe two people's searching behavior; take field notes of their search. Ask each person to do a "think aloud" as he or she searches for information, stgating their process and the reasons for each decision-action step.

4. Identify the searching model that each person used, and substantiate your reason based on your field notes; note that factors that led the person to using that particular model. Compare the two person's searching behavior, and suggest factors thatg impacted their choices.

5. Write up your analysis, and include instructional mplications based on your self-analysis and observation analysis. 

 

Technical Notes

Internet connectivity

Requirements

Self-assessment essay about searching models

Analysis of two individuals' searching process, and concluding recommendations about instructional implications

Observation field notes

 

Topics

ICT lteracy, information literacy, searching skills

Learning Objectives

1. Identify and analyze information searching models

2. Identify factors that impact the choice of information searching models

Assessment

Field notes criteria: clarity, specificity, feasibility, thoroughness

Analysis criteria: clarity, specificity, feasibility, thoroughness, quality and rigor of evidence/justification for stances and implications