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Into the Land of Adolescent Metacognitive Knowledge During the Information Search Process: A Metacognitive Ethnography

Bowler, Leanne (2011) Into the Land of Adolescent Metacognitive Knowledge During the Information Search Process: A Metacognitive Ethnography. In: New Directions in Information Behaviour. Library and Information Science . Emerald, Bingley, U.K., 93 - 125. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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This chapter examines adolescent metacognitive knowledge in a fresh light and answers some methodological questions related the investigation of the deepest layers of thinking during the information search. It does so by presenting a study that used an ethnographic approach to investigate the metacognitive knowledge of ten adolescents, aged 16 to 18, over the course of four months, and in a variety of settings – home, school, public libraries - as they searched for, collected, and then used information for a school project. The study was framed by Flavel’s model of metacognition (1979) and Kuhlthau’s Information Search Process (ISP) model, a six-stage, multidimensional model of information problem solving that involves the identification (1991, 2004). The chapter begins with a discussion about the information search process, metacognitive knowledge, and its potential for information seeking. The chapter then presents the findings of the study as a set of gaps and strengths of adolescent metacognitive knowledge, and concludes with commentary about the challenges and rewards related to conducting research with young people and suggestions for future areas of research.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
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Bowler, Leannelbowler@pitt.eduLBOWLER
Date: 2011
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Series Name: Library and Information Science
Publisher: Emerald
Place of Publication: Bingley, U.K.
Page Range: 93 - 125
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Title of Book: New Directions in Information Behaviour
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Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 15:21
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:07


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