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Title:There’s a creepy guy on the other end at Google: tweens’ mental models of Google’s inner workings
Author(s):Kodama, Christie; St. Jean, Beth; Taylor, Natalie Greene; Subramaniam, Mega
Subject(s):mental models
Google
tweens
search engines
information search/seeking
Abstract:Twenty-six middle school students who attend the HackHealth weekly after-school program (hackhealth.umd.edu) were asked to draw a picture of how they think Google works. Through a combination of open and axial coding, each drawing was assigned one or more codes from a 14-item coding dictionary, as well as one or more entries from a 6-item typology. We found that students’ drawings commonly featured computing equipment and/or physical or virtual connections, such as wires or satellite dishes. Additionally, some form of anthropomorphism was a central feature in many students’ drawings. In fact, 14 (54%) drawings were assigned to the typology entry “Google as people.” In this poster, we will share a selection of students’ drawings, as well as our central findings from this research.
Issue Date:2016-03-15
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:NA
Series/Report:IConference 2016 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89370
DOI:10.9776/16531
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-08


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