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Anuario de investigaciones

On-line version ISSN 1851-1686

Abstract

PERELMAN, Flora Beatriz et al. Texts on screen and provisional readings. Anu. investig. [online]. 2009, vol.16, pp. 175-188. ISSN 1851-1686.

The purpose of this qualitative study is to characterize texts consulted by pupils when searching for information on the internet through a search engine in didactic situations, and to identify the reading practices that pupils carry on. The population is composed by 25 fifth grade pupils from elementary school. Data is collected by classroom observations. Findings show that pupils face a results list that contains texts generated and selected by an automatic engine and then they enter barely contextualized and fragmentarily visualized texts. Exploratory readings for recognition and location which are proposed in the didactic situation bring up a variety of purposes on pupils that lead them to hypothesize and to check relevance and reliability, to identify kinds of text layout, to progressively understand contents, to provisionaly select information and to keep it for later verification of its meaning.

Keywords : Information searching on the internet; Elementary school; Results list; Texts on websites; Exploratory reading; Knowledge construction.

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