Title

Domain-independent Search Expertise: A Description of Procedural Knowledge Gained During Guided Instruction

Publication Title

Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

Publication Date

7-2015

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1002/asi.23272

Disciplines

Information Literacy | Library and Information Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

This longitudinal study examined the search behavior of 10 students as they completed assigned exercises for an online professional course in expert searching. The research objective was to identify, describe, and hypothesize about features of the behavior that are indicative of procedural knowledge gained during guided instruction. Log-data of search interaction were coded using a conceptual framework focused on components of search practice hypothesized to organize an expert searcher's attention during search. The coded data were analyzed using a measure of pointwise mutual information and state-transition analysis. Results of the study provide important insight for future investigation of domain-independent search expertise and for the design of systems that assist searchers in gaining expertise.

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