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Title: Developing Undergraduate Students’ Competence in Reasoning About Bodies of Evidence
Authors: Oura, Hiroki
Mochizuki, Toshio
Chinn, Clark A.
Yamaguchi, Etsuji
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Oura, H., Mochizuki, T., Chinn, C. A., & Yamaguchi, E. (2023). Developing undergraduate students’ competence in reasoning about bodies of evidence. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 1881-1882). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Citizens are vulnerable to biased claims in social media based on cherry-picked evidence—i.e., claims supported by one or two studies when most studies support a different claim. We report results of an instructional study that investigated whether undergraduate students can improve their reasoning about such bodies of evidence and thereby make epistemic judgements that give preference to claims supported by larger bodies of evidence rather than one or a few studies. Results show that students who received instruction were more likely to prefer claims supported by larger bodies of evidence and also rated sources that cited such evidence as more trustworthy.
Description: Poster
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