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Title: Teaching Students to Evaluate Source Reliability during Internet Research Tasks
Authors: Sanchez, Christopher A.
Wiley, Jennifer
Goldman, Susan R.
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Sanchez, C. A., Wiley, J., & Goldman, S. R. (2006). Teaching Students to Evaluate Source Reliability during Internet Research Tasks. In Barab, S. A., Hay, K. E., & Hickey, D. T. (Eds.), The International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Indiana University 2006. Proceedings of ICLS 2006, Volume 2 (pp. 662-666). Bloomington, Indiana, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Despite the overwhelming use of the Internet as an educational/informational resource, research has found that learners are woefully in need of guidance on how to use this resource effectively, and subsequently identify reliable sources of information from unreliable. This study seeks to address this issue through the SEEK training program, which encourages learners to evaluate the source and quality of the information, and also how well it resonates with their existing prior knowledge. Learners were either trained or not trained using the SEEK program when they completed an initial Internet research task. Learners were then asked to complete a second Internet research task in another domain without any additional guidance several days later. Results indicate that learners who had received the SEEK training not only were better able to identify relevant from irrelevant sources, but also showed both higher overall levels of learning, and also greater learning gains.
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