A Closer Look at Children's Information Retrieval Usage

33st Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR’10), July 19–23, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

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Frans van der Sluis

Human Media Interaction (HMI); University of Twente, Students

Betsy van Dijk

Human Media Interaction (HMI)

Date Written: July 19, 2010

Abstract

Access to information suitable and understandable for children is key to their development. Regrettably, current state-of-the-art Information Retrieval (IR) is mainly made with adults in mind, resulting in IR systems that do not suit children well: they require complicated queries and often retrieve inapprioriate results in a format unsuitable for children. To confirm this, this paper presents four groups of salient problems children have with IR. To explain these problems, a comprehensive review of children's use of IR systems is given, defining relevant aspects of the user, system, interaction, and context, and relating these to the search performance of children. Based on this framework, an integrative perspective on relevance is proposed, specificially geared at children's needs. It is proposed that complexity, interestingness, and affective value are key relevance criteria for children, and should be incorporated in an information system for children, if to arrive at an optimal search result and experience.

Keywords: Children, Information Retrieval, Relevance

JEL Classification: C99, D89

Suggested Citation

van der Sluis, Frans and van Dijk, Betsy, A Closer Look at Children's Information Retrieval Usage (July 19, 2010). 33st Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR’10), July 19–23, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2956153

Frans Van der Sluis

Human Media Interaction (HMI) ( email )

Drienerlolaan 5
Enschede, NB 7522
Netherlands

University of Twente, Students ( email )

Netherlands

Betsy Van Dijk (Contact Author)

Human Media Interaction (HMI) ( email )

Drienerlolaan 5
Enschede, NB 7522
Netherlands

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