Students Lack Knowledge in Evaluating Online Sources, Even at “Elite” Universities, Study Says.
A recent study from Stanford University shows that students at all levels, and even experienced academics, find it
difficult to evaluate sources on the internet.
Students' lack of knowledge in evaluating sources on the internet is an often discussed topic. A new study from Stanford University highlights this.
The study shows that students at all levels, even experienced academics, find it difficult to evaluate online sources.
Over the last year and a half, the Stanford History Education Group, in cooperation with a researcher from Uppsala University, have prototyped, tested and validated a bank of assessments that tap civic online reasoning – the ability to judge the credibility of information that floods young people’s smartphones, tablets, and computers.
The study was done in the US and examined students at all levels and socioeconomic demographics. It covered home page analysis, evaluating evidence and claims on social media.
When students at elite universities were tested, for example Stanford, it turned out they were not much better than others at critically evaluating information online.
"Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak. (...) Our 'digital natives' may be able to flip between Facebook and Twitter while simultaneously uploading a selfie to Instagram and texting a friend. But when it comes to evaluating information that flows through social media channels, they are easily duped."
Read the full report:
Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Onlie Reasoning
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