Over the summer, I was reminded of Carol Kulthau‘s work on the information search process, which focuses on the stages of information-seeking behaviour.
While there is much in this to be explored, my current area of interest is the emotion inherent in the search process. Using Kulthau’s work as a guide (but greatly simplifying it for my purposes), I identified 7 emotions which may be experienced by researchers:
- Sense of direction
- Sense of accomplishment
Having the opportunity to work with our AP Capstone Research students this year, I enlisted them as volunteers in an experiment. We posted these emotions on a continuum in their classroom, and they put their names on post-it notes, placing them on the spot which reflected their emotion/attitude that particular day.
They adjust the placement accordingly every class, and one of the students volunteered to take regular photos: at the end of year, we’ll stream them together into a video to see their progress in live action. The hope is that they become aware of the range of emotion created by their work, most importantly, the importance of reflection, revision and perseverance. “So if you got the notion, I second that emotion”!