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Selecting and Measuring Task Characteristics as Independent Variables

Soojung Kim, Dagobert Soergel

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


This paper presents a first step toward a systematic framework for organizing numerous task characteristics or variables that are important in studying the effect of task on information behavior. The paper discusses issues related to selecting, operationalizing, and measuring task characteristics to be used as independent variables. It assembles a list of task characteristics and task classifications based on the characteristics to identify potential independent variables. The study also summarizes findings about relationship between particular task characteristics and information behaviors to help researchers form a new hypothesis. Finally, it describes how to measure a particular task characteristic.

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