Teaching Critical Evaluation

Gathering information online has become a popular method of researching for students. Because students are reliant on the Internet to find information, it is even more paramount to their success as online readers to be able to evaluate the validity and reliability of Web resources. However, the Internet demands new forms of critical literacy, critical thinking, and analysis, especially around locating reliable information resources. Because open networks, such as the Internet, provide a platform for anyone to publish anything without scrutiny, new dimensions of critical literacy are needed to determine what information is most reliable.  The attached chapter provides tangible teaching strategies for supporting critical evaluation of online resources and other new media. 

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Castek, J. (2011). If you want students to evaluate online resources and other new media–teach them how. In D. Lapp and B. Moss (Eds.).  Teaching With Rigor: Supporting Multiple Ways of Learning (105–123). New York, NY:  Guilford Press.

Jill Castek,
Mar 19, 2012, 1:58 PM