Bulletin of the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University. Part 1, Learning and curriculum development Issue 50
2002-02-28 発行


An Examination of the Metacognitive Processes in the Internet Information Retrieval
Yoshioka, Atsuko
This paper begins by pointing out that studies on information searching behavior have focused on OPACs and other online databases. It then moves to the discussion of the Internet as a source and channel for information dissemination. Compared to online databases, the Internet differs in that it is networked and contains heterogeneous information, thus imposing cognitive load on the part of the searchers. At present, however, while some studies have been done to determine the metacognitive processes that occur while retrieving information from the Internet, these studies have not delved into this issue in-depth. This paper then highlights the need for more in-depth studies that will enhance understanding of the metacognitive processes used by searchers. There is also a need for research to identify appropriate instructional methods to develop searchers' skills in retrieving and judging the relevance of the information.