The influence of device type on querying behavior and learning outcomes in a searching as learning task with a laptop or smartphone

Diego Demaree*, H.M. Jarodzka, Saskia Brand - Gruwel, Y.A.K. Kammerer

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Abstract

In this study we examined the influence of device type (i.e., laptop vs. smartphone) on N = 49 secondary-school students' search query length and number of queries used in a Searching as Learning (SAL) task addressing a controversial socio-scientific issue (i.e., the use of nuclear power to solve the climate crisis). Furthermore, we examined the influence of device type on students' learning outcomes by analyzing the number of pro and con arguments included in a subsequent essay task. Results showed that on laptops students used more queries than on smartphones. In contrast, no differences were found in search query length or in the number of pro and con arguments in the essay. Moreover, irrespective of device type, average search query length was positively associated with the number of con arguments. To conclude, the present study provides first indications that smartphone usage could be incorporated in the classroom for Web inquiry tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHIIR '20
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM SIGCHI
Pages373–377
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-6892-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventConference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval - Online, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 13 Aug 202014 Aug 2020
https://sigir.org/chiir2020/#:~:text=Welcome%20to%20the%20fifth%20ACM,August%2013%E2%80%9314%2C%202020.

Conference

ConferenceConference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval
Abbreviated titleCHIIR 2020
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period13/08/2014/08/20
Internet address

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