Minimalist instruction for learning to search the World Wide Web

Adrianus W. Lazonder

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15 Citations (Scopus)


This study examined the efficacy of minimalist instruction to develop self-regulatory skills involved in Web searching. Two versions of minimalist self-regulatory skill instruction were compared to a control group that was merely taught procedural skills to operate the search engine. Acquired skills were tested on Web search tasks and search tasks in an online library catalogue. Self-regulatory skill instruction was found to increase practice time by 25%. However, it did not enhance search performance on the test tasks. Explanations are advanced for these findings and topics for further research are identified.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)161-176
Number of pages15
JournalEducation and information technologies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • METIS-205338
  • Self-regulation
  • IR-82924
  • World Wide Web
  • instruction
  • Minimalism
  • Learning

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