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Bland, Jana H., How adult readers navigate through expository text in
a hypermedia environment to construct meaning. Doctor of Philosophy
(Reading Education), December, 1995, 135 pp., 7 tables, references, 92 titles.
Research methods from both the qualitative and quantitative
paradigms were used to answer the question concerning how adult readers
navigate through informational text embedded in a hypermedia environment
to construct meaning. Subjects were 11 employees of a corporation that
possessed a highly sophisticated technological infrastructure. From
information gained from reader profiles, job task scenarios narrated by
subjects' think-aloud procedures, posttask questionnaires, and posttask
interviews, employees explained how they moved through a workplace
hypertext document to comprehend information needed to complete the job
tasks presented in the study. Researcher's observations, supported with
audiotapes and videotapes, reinforced the following conclusions: (1) adults
transfer the reading strategies that have proved successful for them when
reading printed text to reading electronic text, (2) adults who work in
hypermedia applications have invented new reading strategies to manage
information embedded in a hypermedia environment, (3) cognitive behaviors
exhibited when adults read printed text sometimes are duplicated in
hypermedia text, (4) workers missed not being able to "control the document"
by rearranging pages, tabbing sections, enhancing significant text with colored
highlighters, and adding personal notes to add convenience to their job
functions, (6) workers felt a certain uneasiness when reading hypertext, even
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Bland, Jana H. (Jana Hamilton). How Adult Readers Navigate Through Expository Text in a Hypermedia Environment to Construct Meaning, dissertation, December 1995; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc277689/m1/3/: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .