Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Information Problem Solving model

Frerejean, J., Velthorst, G., van Strien, J., Kirschner, P. & Brand-Gruwel, S. (2019). Embedded instruction to learn information problem solving: Effects of a whole task approach. Computers in Human Behavior, 90, 117-130. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563218304187
It is always interesting, irritating and concerning when one discovers yet another group of academics outside the library and information field who are reinventing the infolit and information seeking wheel. In this case education researchers have developed through a number of articles a skill based model for "information problem solving", without reference to the existing literature. Their model is: Define the problem, search information, select information, process information, present information. I am blogging since it is obviously relevant to information literacy, and also they give a detailed account of their methods in setting up their pre- and post-test experiment, including a careful discussion of their data analysis. Key findings were (having set up an experimental situation of students trained using their model of information problem solving and students untrained) "Trained students improved their approach to searching and selecting information" but "Improvements were no longer visible on a test five weeks after training stopped."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield University campus, November 2018

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