The issue of complexity, as applied to the way we gather information and learn, is a hallmark of this information age. The sheer amount of data, in addition to the increasingly technological way in which the data are delivered, have had profound effects on the ways in which we process information and, hopefully, learn. In this cutting edge volume, Wayne Reeves, a professor as well as consultant to Sun Microsystems, provides an overview of the field of complexity (including chaos theory, information literacy, and Knowledge Management Tools) and presents a working framework to help guide further research. Aimed particularly at researchers, professors, and students in the areas of cognitive science and library//information sc

Learner as Searcher
Learner as searcher

People are tired of clicking hundreds of pages … you don't remember where you went or what came beforehand or how to navigate to what you want to see.

—Mohan Trikha, President of InXight
About This Chapter

The LCD focus of this chapter is on the learner's search for relevant information. This chapter includes discussions and examples from

  • Cognitive science on visualization
  • Information science on direct manipulation, agents, and information seeking

The resulting design principles are extracted and listed at the end of the chapter.


Newell and Simon (1972) often described the essence of human problem solving as a search process. Well, today's learners are faced with a major problem, and that is how to enhance their search capability itself. Modern learners, young and old, professional and ...

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