Children's information retrieval: beyond examining search strategies and interfaces

Hanna Jochmann-Mannak, Theo Huibers, Ted Sanders
2008 unpublished
The study of children's information retrieval is still for the greater part untouched territory. Meanwhile, children can become lost in the digital information world, because they are confronted with search interfaces, both designed by and for adults. Most current research on children's information retrieval focuses on examining children's search performance on existing search interfaces to determine what kind of interfaces are suitable for children's search behaviour. However, to discover the
more » ... r, to discover the true nature of children's search behaviour, we state that research has to go beyond examining search strategies used with existing search interfaces by examining children's cognitive processes during information-seeking. A paradigm of children's information retrieval should provide an overview of all the components beyond search interfaces and search strategies that are part of children's information retrieval process. Better understanding of the nature of children's search behaviour can help adults design interfaces and information retrieval systems that both support children's natural search strategies and help them find their way in the digital information world. Information retrieval, search strategies, search interface, information need, conceptualizing, querying.
doi:10.14236/ewic/fdia2008.8 fatcat:lew7odjw6nbmxiqfx24coyxryy