Effects of instruction on search success and satisfaction on the World Wide Web
Brian L. L. Johnson, University of Alberta , Canada
Master of Education, University of Alberta . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to determine if one hour of instruction in keyword selection + Boolean logic would increase high school students levels of keyword selection and Boolean knowledge, correct use of keywords and Boolean logic in constructing search statements, success in finding topic related documents and satisfaction while searching a world wide web database. One hundred and twenty five students from a Western Canadian High School participated. Instruction in keyword selection + Boolean logic significantly increased both student knowledge levels in using advanced search strategies (49.6% higher than control group), and correct student use of keywords and Boolean logic in constructing advanced search statements (39.5% higher). There was, however, no significant difference between the instructional treatment groups in the level of success or satisfaction experienced. Females experienced significantly higher levels of success than males, while both genders experienced similar levels of satisfaction.
Johnson, B.L.L. Effects of instruction on search success and satisfaction on the World Wide Web. Master of Education thesis, University of Alberta.
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