Online search for Additional Information as an Element of Educational Activity of Modern Schoolchildren: How to Improve Its Effectiveness?



The paper presents the results of the experimental study aimed at identifying the ways of organizing online educational activity by secondary school students that contribute to the most effective performance of educational tasks related to search for additional educational information on the Internet. The study involved 44 schoolchildren of 5th-9th grades. We analyzed such characteristics of organizing online search in the process of performing an educational task as the use of a synopsis or rejection of it, the method of preparing a synopsis (handwritten / electronic, structured / unstructured), as well as the method of reproducing the information (reading a synopsis / talking with a synopsis / talking without a synopsis). The amount of delayed reproduction of information, as well as the way of reproduction (factual / synthetic) were considered as indicators of the effectiveness of online search. The results suggest that an effective online search for educational information is provided by such organizational factors as structured handwritten synopsis and oral presentation (with or without a synopsis) without reading. These results are discussed in the context of the the need to create conditions for improving the “user culture” of schoolchildren as subjects of educational activity on the Internet.

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Keywords: online search, schoolchildren, educational tasks, the effectiveness of online search

Publication rubric: Psychological and Educational Aspects of Online Learning at Different Levels of Education. Challenges of Digital Didactics

Article type: scientific article

Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project number 19–29–14005

For citation: Miklyaeva A.V. Online search for Additional Information as an Element of Educational Activity of Modern Schoolchildren: How to Improve Its Effectiveness?. Digital Humanities and Technology in Education (DHTE 2021): Collection of Articles of the II All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference with International Participation. November 11-12, 2021 / V.V. Rubtsov, M.G. Sorokova, N.P. Radchikova (Eds). Moscow: Publishing house MSUPE, 2021., pp. 609–619.


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Anastasia V. Miklyaeva, Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Professor of the Department of General and Social Psychology, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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