How do Galician college students
use dictionaries today?
Carlos Valcárcel Riveiro
The UsoDEU questionnaire as a data colle...
How to assess the needs of dictionary users?
There is still a great need of data on dictionary users
Lexicographers often ...
Surveys as data collection tools
The most common method of data collection
There are great differences on certain points:
...
The UsoDEU questionnaire
Uso de Dicionários por parte de Estudantes Universitários
Main goal:
To design a questionnaire to...
Why to focus on students' use of dictionaries?
★ Students are more accessible… and we
are teachers!
★ They readily adopt n...
UsoDEU deployment strategy
1 Selection and study of reference works
Domínguez & Mirazo & Vidal, 2013
Al-Salami & Hattab, 2...
Questionnaire design
Questionnaire items are arranged in four thematic blocks:
1 Personal data and academic information
2 ...
Pilot study
Where?
Data must be undertaken with caution
Campus of Pontevedra
University of Vigo
When?
May 2013
Within 30 d...
Presentation of the main data collected
Domínguez, M.J. & Valcárcel, C. (2014): "Hábitos de uso de los diccionarios entre ...
Description of some data collected
1. Frequency of use per dictionary format
Description of some data collected
2. Main reasons for choosing online dictionaries
Description of some data collected
3. Uses of online and paper dictionaries
Description of some data collected
4. Satisfaction degree with online and paper dictionaries
How often do
you find the
inf...
Description of some data collected
5. What students do when they don’t find the information in a dictionary?
Main conclusions
❖ Some items of the UsoDEU questionnaire must be redefined (e.g. user interaction and participation)
❖ Th...
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How do Galician college students use dictionaries today? The UsoDEU questionnaire as a data collection tool.

  1. 1. How do Galician college students use dictionaries today? Carlos Valcárcel Riveiro The UsoDEU questionnaire as a data collection tool PORTLEX
  2. 2. How to assess the needs of dictionary users? There is still a great need of data on dictionary users Lexicographers often must intuit users’ needs and expectations ❖ Surveys (Hartmann) ❖ Log files analysis (Kemmer) ❖ Simultaneous Feedback (de Schryver)
  3. 3. Surveys as data collection tools The most common method of data collection There are great differences on certain points: ❖ Number and type of respondents ❖ Established goals ❖ Asked questions / items
  4. 4. The UsoDEU questionnaire Uso de Dicionários por parte de Estudantes Universitários Main goal: To design a questionnaire to obtain, within the context of the European Higher Education Area, empirical data on the use that students make of the main types of dictionaries available, and, in particular, of electronic dictionaries online. Mª José Domínguez (USC) & Carlos Valcárcel (Uvigo)
  5. 5. Why to focus on students' use of dictionaries? ★ Students are more accessible… and we are teachers! ★ They readily adopt new trends ★ They represent a very important segment in the lexicographic market
  6. 6. UsoDEU deployment strategy 1 Selection and study of reference works Domínguez & Mirazo & Vidal, 2013 Al-Salami & Hattab, 2008 Ekwa Ebanéga & Moussavou, 2008 Hartmann, 1999 Maridé & Pihler, 2004 Ripfel, 1989 Tu, 2000 Wiegand’s work 2 Questionnaire design 3 Small-scale pilot study 4 Data analysis and questionnaire redesign 5 Large-scale implementation Current phase
  7. 7. Questionnaire design Questionnaire items are arranged in four thematic blocks: 1 Personal data and academic information 2 Linguistic repertoire: communication proficiency in different languages (B2 level / Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) 3 Internet use patterns (connection time, connection devices, connection point, connection purposes) 4 Dictionary use patterns ❖ Use of paper, cd-rom and online dictionaries ❖ Use purposes ❖ Consultation point ❖ Satisfaction degree ❖ Interactions with: ❏ dictionary staff ❏ other dictionary users ❏ dictionary content
  8. 8. Pilot study Where? Data must be undertaken with caution Campus of Pontevedra University of Vigo When? May 2013 Within 30 days Universe 3931 students How? Online survey Unipark Survey sample 171 students Statistical reliability Margin of error (high) ± 7.3% Confidence interval of 95%.
  9. 9. Presentation of the main data collected Domínguez, M.J. & Valcárcel, C. (2014): "Hábitos de uso de los diccionarios entre los estudiantes universitarios europeos: ¿nuevas tendencias?", in Domínguez M.J., Gómez X. & Valcárcel, C. (eds.): Lexicografía de las lenguas románicas II. Aproximaciones a la lexicografía contemporánea y contrastiva. Berlin, De Gruyter. PORTLEX To be published: Within the framework of:
  10. 10. Description of some data collected 1. Frequency of use per dictionary format
  11. 11. Description of some data collected 2. Main reasons for choosing online dictionaries
  12. 12. Description of some data collected 3. Uses of online and paper dictionaries
  13. 13. Description of some data collected 4. Satisfaction degree with online and paper dictionaries How often do you find the information you need in a dictionary?
  14. 14. Description of some data collected 5. What students do when they don’t find the information in a dictionary?
  15. 15. Main conclusions ❖ Some items of the UsoDEU questionnaire must be redefined (e.g. user interaction and participation) ❖ The pilot survey reveals profound changes in the patterns of dictionary use: ● Widespread use of online dictionaries via laptops and smartphones ● CD-ROM dictionaries have become obsolete ● The use of paper dictionaries is currently decreasing ● App versions of online dictionaries have a great potential in the near future ● Authority concept could be being reformulated within the context of Web 2.0 (digital reputation / brand reputation) ❖ Should a teaching of dictionary use be integrated in digital skills acquisition?

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