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Bowler, Leanne and Mattern, Eleanor (2012): Design techniques for revealing adolescent memory processes related to information seeking: a preliminary study. In: Proceedings of the 2012 iConference 2012. pp. 1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2132176.2132177

This study investigates the effectiveness of design techniques as a means for uncovering metamemory, an attribute of metacognition, and its role in information seeking. A focus group with four adolescents aged 13 and 14 used design techniques such as brainstorming and sketching, metaphorical design and fictional inquiry, to help express their thinking about their own memory processes during the information search process. Results showed that metaphorical design and fictional inquiry are both effective tools for revealing conceptual thinking about metamemory and information seeking. Coupling these techniques with brainstorming and sketching helped the teens to visualize and communicate their ideas. Results from this study will contribute to knowledge about adolescent thinking, metamemory, and information seeking behavior, broaden the range of methodological approaches used in the study of information seeking behavior, and will provide cognitive models for the design of information systems and tools that scaffold metacognition.

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Bowler, Leanne, He, Daqing and Hong, Wan Yin (2011): Who is referring teens to health information on the web?: hyperlinks between blogs and health web sites for teens. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 238-243. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1940761.1940794

This study analyzes the hyperlinks leading to six teen health web sites from a specific form of social media -- blogs -- in order to discover who is referring teens to reliable health information. This was done by gathering inlink data using Google Webmaster Tools and then classifying inlink sources by type of creator. The study found that the teen health web sites in this study had a weak level of referrals from health-related groups compared to other organizations such as schools, and public libraries. With regard to blogs, we saw that personal blogs out-numbered blogs in any other category. We saw little evidence of blogs -- either personal or official -- created by health care professionals, a group which might be expected to actively refer teens to reliable health information. The weak network of inlinks leading from reliable health care providers is a lost opportunity for health care professionals to reach young people. Due to the weak network of inlinks from reliable health information sources, teens may not be accessing accurate and reliable health information. This could have a potential cost in terms of health outcomes. The results of this study present a snap shot rather than all-inclusive view of the visibility of teen health web sites and offer a starting point for further investigation.

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Large, Andrew, Beheshti, Jamshid, Nesset, Valerie and Bowler, Leanne (2004): Designing Web portals in intergenerational teams: Two prototype portals for elementary school students. In JASIST - Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 55 (13) pp. 1140-1154. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.20069

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