Research

We’re guinea pigs, too.
In addition to its mission to provide quality information and news about science, The Why Files serves as a lab for study of web use and learning in science. Several studies of web use have been conducted using The Why Files as a platform. The bibliography below includes (we hope!) all of the scholarly studies conducted in the context of The Why Files project.

Why Files Bibliography
Students Learn Better From Web Pages That Contain Print “Cues”
Can students learn just as well from the World Wide Web as they do from print? Yes, says a new study — but only if Web pages offer some of the same elements found on today’s typical printed page.

“An Investigation of Elaboration and Selective Scanning as Mediators of Learning from the Web versus Print,” William P. Eveland and Sharon Dunwoody, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Vol. 46 Issue 1, March 2002.

“Applying Research on the Uses and Cognitive Effects of Hypermedia to the Study of the World Wide Web,” William P. Eveland and Sharon Dunwoody, in B. Gudykunst, ed., Communication Yearbook 25, 2001.

“User Control and Structural Isomorphism or Disorientation and Cognitive Load? Learning from the Web versus Print,” William P. Eveland and Sharon Dunwoody, Communication Research 28(1):48-78, February 2001.

“Studying Users of The Why Files,” Sharon Dunwoody, Science Communication, 22(3): 274-22, 2001.

“Examining Information Processing on the World Wide Web Using Think Aloud Protocols,” William P. Eveland Jr. and Sharon Dunwoody, Media Psychology 2(3):219-243.

“Users and Navigation Patterns of a Science World Wide Web Site for the Public.” W.P. Eveland and S. Dunwoody, Public Understanding of Science 7(4):285-311, 1998.

“Surfing the Web for Science: Early Data on the Users and Uses of The Why Files.” William P. Eveland and Sharon Dunwoody, NISE Brief, vol. 2, no. 2., May 1998.