Unpacking cognitive skills engaged in web-search: how can log files, eye movements, and cued-retrospective reports help? An in-depth qualitative case study

Esther Argelagos, F.L.J.M. Brand - Gruwel, H.M. Jarodzka, Manoli Pifarre

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    Abstract

    Searching the internet with a specific purpose has become an important activity. Educational research informs that a better understanding of the cognitive skills involved in this activity is needed, but it is not clear which research techniques can be used for this purpose. One student performed a web-search task and was registered by three different techniques: log files, eye movements, and cued-retrospective reports. With a qualitative analysis, we attempt to provide a two-fold contribution: 1) a thorough analysis about the information retrieved from the three techniques separately; 2) developing a methodology for integrating the information captured from the three techniques. Results showed that log files and eye movements gave insight into cognitive outcomes of skills, and cued-retrospective delivered self-explanations of cognitive and regulation activities. This integration provided an overall and comprehensive picture of the cognitive skills performed and allowed building a synergism among the information captured from each technique.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)152 – 175
    Number of pages24
    JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Learning
    Volume24
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018

    Keywords

    • web-search
    • information-problem solving
    • log files
    • eye movements
    • cued-retrospective reports
    • unpacking cognitive skills
    • internet
    • in-depth case study
    • qualitative
    • techniques
    • synergism
    • innovation
    • learning
    • WORLD-WIDE-WEB
    • INFORMATION
    • COMPREHENSION
    • INSTRUCTION
    • STRATEGIES
    • EDUCATION
    • TRACKING
    • LOAD

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