Understanding web search via a learning paradigm

Bernard Jansen, Brian Smith, Danielle L. Booth

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Abstract

Investigating whether one can view Web searching as a learning process, we examined the searching characteristics of 41 participants engaged in 246 searching tasks. We classified the searching tasks according an updated version of Bloom.s taxonomy, a six level categorization of cognitive learning. Results show that Applying takes the most searching effort as measured by queries per session and specific topics searched per sessions. The lower level categories of Remembering and Understanding exhibit searching characteristics similar to the higher order learning of Evaluating and Creating. It appears that searchers rely primarily on their internal knowledge for Evaluating and Creating, using searching primarily as fact checking and verification. Implications are that the commonly held notion that Web searchers have simple information needs may not be correct. We discuss the implications for Web searching, including designing interfaces to support exploration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2007
Pages1207-1208
Number of pages2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2007 - Banff, AB
Duration: 8 May 200712 May 2007

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Other16th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2007
CityBanff, AB
Period8/5/0712/5/07

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Keywords

  • Bloom's taxonomy
  • Information searching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software

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Jansen, B., Smith, B., & Booth, D. L. (2007). Understanding web search via a learning paradigm. In 16th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2007 (pp. 1207-1208) https://doi.org/10.1145/1242572.1242768

Understanding web search via a learning paradigm. / Jansen, Bernard; Smith, Brian; Booth, Danielle L.

16th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2007. 2007. p. 1207-1208.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Jansen, B, Smith, B & Booth, DL 2007, Understanding web search via a learning paradigm. in 16th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2007. pp. 1207-1208, 16th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2007, Banff, AB, 8/5/07. https://doi.org/10.1145/1242572.1242768
Jansen B, Smith B, Booth DL. Understanding web search via a learning paradigm. In 16th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2007. 2007. p. 1207-1208 https://doi.org/10.1145/1242572.1242768
Jansen, Bernard ; Smith, Brian ; Booth, Danielle L. / Understanding web search via a learning paradigm. 16th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2007. 2007. pp. 1207-1208
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