Astronauts and sugar beets: Young girls’ information seeking in family interactions

Sarah C. Barriage, Darcey K. Searles

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This paper presents preliminary results from a study examining young girls’ information seeking in family interactions. Video recordings of everyday interactions of families with girls between the ages of 3 and 6 years were coded for instances of information seeking, which were then analyzed using the methodology of conversation analysis. Results indicate that young girls’ information seeking typically occurs in response to ongoing talk and action, with few instances of information seeking unrelated to the locally immediate context of the family interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2015

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Copyright © 2015 Sarah C. Barriage & Darcey K. Searles


  • Information seeking
  • children
  • conversation analysis
  • information practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Library and Information Sciences


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