Children's questions about science fair: Preliminary results of an analysis of digital library reference questions

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In this study, the researcher used a data set that contained science-related questions from the Internet Public Library's Kidspace Ask A Question email reference form. The data showed that the majority of the questions were asked by middle school students in the United States who were preparing for science fair. A closer inspection of the question text showed that students are concerned about the process of assembling a project as well as the project's content. This finding suggests that digital libraries can support young science learners by developing a metadata vocabulary for process.

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