I’ve been noticing something in my class and I’m wondering if it is common.
Students in my class who struggle with searching for information seem to stick with one strategy each time they are asked to find something online. For example, if a student is searching in videos or images, or even doing a regular, text based web search, even if they do not locate the information they need, they are very difficult to move on from the unsuccessful strategy. They want to continue doing what they are doing, even if it is not working out for them.
This might be for several reasons:
1.) They may not want to switch out of video or image based searching because they are reluctant readers and at least staying with video or images does not require them to read.
2.) They may not have any more than one search strategy, therefore, even though they are being unsuccessful, they don’t have anything else to try.
I’ve been seeing this a few times lately in my class and have discussed it with my students but they don’t seem to have any answers. Do you find this as well? Is this common with students that you work with?