Web-based information search: strategies and diffrences betwen tablet and pc use

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Davide Parmigiani
Andrea Traverso
Valentina Pennazio
Alessia Olivieri


This study focused on differences in the web-based information search and evaluation strategies that secondary school students employ when using either mobile devices or personal computers. The study followed several classes throughout the school year, collecting data by way of semi-structured interviews. Three different information search and evaluation strategies were observed, with some specific differences arising from comparison between tablet and personal computer use.

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