Getting to Know You: Search Logs and Expert Grading to Define Children’s Search Roles in the Classroom

Monica Landoni, Theo Huibers, Mohammad Aliannejadi, Emiliana Murgia, and Maria Soledad Pera. 2021. “Getting to Know You: Search Logs and Expert Grading to Define Children’s Search Roles in the Classroom”. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design of Experimental Search & Information REtrieval Systems (DESIRES). To appear pp.

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the roles children play when using web search engines in the classroom context by revisiting, not replicating, a seminal work set in the home context. In particular, we describe how we juxtaposed performance indicators inferred from a combination of search logs (collected over two years) and expert grading of completed inquiry assignments to discern emerging search roles among children in primary four and five (aged 9 to 11). In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also explore differences when a traditional classroom is replaced by online instruction at home. Lastly, we discuss future research directions that we see as pivotal to advance research in Information Retrieval to and for children.

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