Reordering Search Results to Support Learning

  • Cleber Pinelli TeixeiraEmail author
  • Marcelo Tibau
  • Sean Wolfgand Matsui Siqueira
  • Bernardo Pereira Nunes
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11984)


Although many learning activities involve search engines, their ranking criteria are focused on providing factual rather than procedural information. In the context of Searching as Learning, providing factual information may not be the best approach. In this paper, we discuss the relevance criteria according to traditional learning theories to support search engine results reordering based on content suitability to learning purposes. We proceeded on the investigation by selecting some self-proclaimed search literacy experts to answer thoroughly questions about their views on the reordered results. We take into account that literacy expert’s judgment may reveal issues regarded to technical side on learning supported by search tools. Experienced users claimed a preference for reliable sources and direct answers to what they are looking for, as they have exploratory skills to overcome information incompleteness.


Informal learning Searching as Learning Search Engine Result Pages 



This study was financed in part by the ‘National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) - Brazil’ - Process 315374/2018-7, Project ‘Searching as Learning: the information search as a tool for learning’ and by the ‘Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel’ (CAPES) – Brazil – Finance Code 001.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal University of the State of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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