ERIC Number: ED412944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Critical Thinking: Tools for Internet Information Evaluation.
Fitzgerald, Mary Ann
As World Wide Web access expands into schools and homes, children will likely encounter the misinformation often found in this medium. This qualitative study describes strategies employed by sophisticated adult World Wide Web users as they evaluate authentic Web information with the purpose of adapting these strategies for children in K-12 settings. The six participants in this study followed think-aloud protocols and answered interview questions about two Web documents containing numerous misinformation devices. Evaluative strategies from these verbalizations were extracted and analyzed. Findings include a list of strategies and a description of three evaluative "styles." Suggestions are made for the use and teaching of these strategies in elementary through middle school. (Contains 41 references.) (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluative Thinking, Information Literacy, Information Sources, Online Systems, Protocol Analysis, Search Strategies, Technology Integration, Thinking Skills, Users (Information), Validity, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Information Rich but Knowledge Poor? Emerging Issues for Schools and Libraries Worldwide. Research and Professional Papers Presented at the Annual Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship Held in Conjunction with the Association for Teacher-Librarianship in Canada (26th, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 6-11, 1997); see IR 056 586.