Concept mapping vs. web page hyperlinks as an information retrieval interface - preferences of postgraduate culturally diverse learners.

Weideman, M. & Kritzinger, W.

Proceedings of the Annual Conference of The South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT). 17-19 September. Johannesburg, South Africa.

Weideman, M. & Kritzinger, W. 2003. Concept mapping vs. web page hyperlinks as an information retrieval interface - preferences of postgraduate culturally diverse learners. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of The South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT). 17-19 September. Johannesburg, South Africa. Online:

The principal objective of this research project was to determine if and to what extent cultural factors prescribe interface choices by learners. Concept mapping and standard hyperlinks were offered as choices for information retrieval interfaces. The methods employed were to identify a set of culturally divisive factors, and then to test two different interfaces with a group of culturally diverse, advanced learners. Some of the results had to be ignored due to small sample sizes. The remaining results indicated that most choices, almost irrespective of culture divisive factors, were made in favour of the concept mapping interface. This finding confirmed that of another author in the field. The primary conclusion reached is that concept mapping should be considered as the interface of choice to a knowledge repository to be used by Master's students in Information management.
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