Finding Problems Versus Solving Them: Inquiry in Information Seeking

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106415
Title:
Finding Problems Versus Solving Them: Inquiry in Information Seeking
Author:
Bruce, Bertram C.
Citation:
Finding Problems Versus Solving Them: Inquiry in Information Seeking 2006-06,
Issue Date:
Jun-2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106415
Submitted date:
2006-06-13
Abstract:
This is the keynote presentation delivered at The Sixth Conference on Problem-Based Learning in Finland: Constructing knowledge in information society, Tampere, 2006 June 6-7. Abstract: Finding information, especially accurate, timely, and relevant information, is increasingly important in nearly all human endeavors. Accordingly, numerous studies have examined the processes information seekers employ, as well as the strategies information providers use to meet their needs. Most models emphasize satisfaction or closure as the criterion for successful completion of an information search; thus the emphasis is on solving a specific problem. But often, information seeking is part of some larger process, which is invisible to the information provider and often unclear even to the seeker. Successful search may lead not so much to eliminating an existing, well-defined problem, as to delineating a new problem within a complex, ill-defined space. This paper examines information seeking from an inquiry, or problem-based perspective, and argues that the fields of information seeking and problem-based learning can benefit from closer dialogue.
Type:
Presentation
Language:
en
Keywords:
Information Literacy; Information Seeking Behaviors; Learning Science
Local subject classification:
inquiry; problem-based learning

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBruce, Bertram C.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-06-13T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:46:03Z-
dc.date.issued2006-06en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-06-13en_US
dc.identifier.citationFinding Problems Versus Solving Them: Inquiry in Information Seeking 2006-06,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106415-
dc.description.abstractThis is the keynote presentation delivered at The Sixth Conference on Problem-Based Learning in Finland: Constructing knowledge in information society, Tampere, 2006 June 6-7. Abstract: Finding information, especially accurate, timely, and relevant information, is increasingly important in nearly all human endeavors. Accordingly, numerous studies have examined the processes information seekers employ, as well as the strategies information providers use to meet their needs. Most models emphasize satisfaction or closure as the criterion for successful completion of an information search; thus the emphasis is on solving a specific problem. But often, information seeking is part of some larger process, which is invisible to the information provider and often unclear even to the seeker. Successful search may lead not so much to eliminating an existing, well-defined problem, as to delineating a new problem within a complex, ill-defined space. This paper examines information seeking from an inquiry, or problem-based perspective, and argues that the fields of information seeking and problem-based learning can benefit from closer dialogue.en_US
dc.format.mimetypetext/htmlen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectInformation Literacyen_US
dc.subjectInformation Seeking Behaviorsen_US
dc.subjectLearning Scienceen_US
dc.subject.otherinquiryen_US
dc.subject.otherproblem-based learningen_US
dc.titleFinding Problems Versus Solving Them: Inquiry in Information Seekingen_US
dc.typePresentationen_US
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