The Relationships Between Navigational Pattens and Information Processing Styles of Hypermedia Users

하이퍼미디어 사용자의 정보처리 유형이 정보탐색 패턴에 미치는 영향

  • 이미자 (광주교육대학교 교육학과)
  • Published : 2001.06.01


This study investigated the relationships between hypermedia users information processing styles and navigational patterns. Three aspects of navigational patterns were investigated: (a) navigational breadth patterns which reveal how comprehensively users access, (b) navigational path patterns which display what sequences users follow. and (c) navigational method patterns which show what methods u users employ when using the system. Information processing styles were measured by the Human Information Processing Styles(HIPS) Survey. The subjects were 102 undergraduate students enrolled in management courses at a university. Participation was voluntary 34 students were selected for each of left, right, and integrated information processor group. The subjects interacted with A.g.i.l.e. TrainerTM program to complete two types of searching tasks 'open-ended and closed-ended tasks' Findings indicated that the information processing style seems to play an important role in how an individual interacts with the hypermedia systems.