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Title: Developing a model of teachers' web-based information searching : a study of search options and features to support personalised educational resource discovery
Author: Seyedarabi, Faezeh
Awarding Body: Institute of Education (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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This study has investigated the search options and features teachers use and prefer to have, when personalising their online search for teaching resources. This study focused on making web searching easier for UK teacher practitioners at primary, secondary and post-compulsory levels. In this study, a triangulated mixed method approach was carried out in a two phase iterative case study involving 75 teacher practitioners working in the UK educational setting. In this case study, a sequential evidence gathering method called ‘System Development Life Cycle’ (SDLC) was adapted linking findings obtained from the structured questionnaires, observations and semi-structured interviews in order to design, develop and test two versions of an experimental search tool called “PoSTech!”. This research has contributed to knowledge by offering a model of teachers’ web information needs and search behaviour. In this model twelve search options and features mostly used by teachers when personalising their search for finding online teaching resources via the revised search tool are listed, in order of popularity. A search options is selected by the teacher and features is the characteristic of an option teachers experiences. For example, search options 'Subject', ‘Age Group’, ‘Resource Type’, ‘Free and/ Paid resources’, ‘Search results language’, and search features that ‘Store search options selected by individual teachers and their returned results’. Teachers’ model of web information needs and search behaviour could be used by the Government, teacher trainers and search engine designers to gain an insight into the information needs and search behaviours of teachers when searching for online teaching resources by means of tackling technical barriers faced by teachers, when using the internet. In conclusion, the research work presented in this thesis has provided the initial and important steps towards understanding the web searching information needs and search behaviours of individual teachers, working in the UK educational setting.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: London Knowledge Lab