Youth searching online: an investigation of gender influence

Abstract

Questions relating to gender and technology are important cultural issues in our society and the design of educational programs for children depends on accurate information about this aspect of our culture. The changing information landscape and highly technological environment of 21<sup>st</sup> century schools is one where the Internet has become a significant source of information to support class-based work. Yet, there is little current research that specifically investigates how students search for information online and the various factors than can influence this process. One of these factors is gender. As technology's presence in our society increases, school librarians and educators need research to inform their instruction in preparing students to be effective online information seekers. This poster presents in-progress research investigating children's online information seeking behavior through the cultural lens of gender in order to further the understanding of how youth seek information online and aid school librarians' efforts in developing effective instruction.

DOI: 10.1145/2132176.2132262

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@inproceedings{Johnston2012YouthSO, title={Youth searching online: an investigation of gender influence}, author={Melissa P. Johnston}, booktitle={iConference}, year={2012} }