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Talk as a metacognitive strategy during the information search process of adolescents

Bowler, Leanne (2010) Talk as a metacognitive strategy during the information search process of adolescents. Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 15 (4). Paper 449 - ?.

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Introduction. This paper describes a metacognitive strategy related to the social dimension of the information search process of adolescents. Method. A case study that used naturalistic methods to explore the metacognitive thinking and associated emotions of ten adolescents. The study was framed by Kuhlthau’s Information Search Process model and the construct of metacognition. Analysis.Data analysis used the words and actions of the participants to tell the story of their journey through the information search process. Results.The study found that talk was used as a metacognitive strategy to help clarify thinking and that the talk strategy was more likely to be implemented face-to-face with trusted family and friends, than with the class teacher and college librarian or even social media. Conclusions. There is a strong social component attached to metacognitive knowledge during the information search process. Face-to-face social processes during information seeking are an important consideration in the design of library and information systems and services for young people. Utilizing the social component of metacognitive knowledge to its maximum benefit is an important lesson that needs to be taught to young people.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Bowler, Leannelbowler@pitt.eduLBOWLER
Date: December 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Information Research: An International Electronic Journal
Volume: 15
Number: 4
Publisher: Hosted by Lund University Libraries, Sweden
Page Range: Paper 449 - ?
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2011 13:52
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2022 16:28


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