Right Way, Right Time: Towards a Better Comprehension of Young Students’ Needs When Looking for Relevant Search Results

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We report on the exploration we conducted to understand better children’s needs for the design of Search Engine Result Pages (SERP) that can help them notice relevant resources when performing online inquiry tasks in a classroom context. We analyse children’s interactions with traditional and emoji-enriched SERP and look for trends linking children’s engagement with SERP and search success (based on experts’ assessments). We also identify areas remaining to be interpreted and considered in future studies. On this mixed ground, we discuss the complexity of this design space and the need to bypass the one-size-fits-all approach in favor of adaptive SERP to cater to children’s different and ever-evolving skills in searching and recognising useful results if we aim to support learning.