ERIC Number: EJ1037169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Students' Attitudes to Information in the Press: Critical Reading of a Newspaper Article with Scientific Content
Oliveras, B.; Márquez, C.; Sanmartí, N.
Research in Science Education, v44 n4 p603-626 Aug 2014
This research analyses what happens when a critical reading activity based on a press article dealing with an energy-related problem is implemented with two groups of students of 13-14 years old and 16-17 years old in the same school (a total of 117 students). Specifically, the research analyses the students' profiles from the standpoint of their attitudes to the information given in the news story and the use they make of it when writing an argumentative text. It also analyses the difficulties the students have when it comes to applying their knowledge about energy in a real-life context. Lastly, some strategies are suggested for helping students to critically analyse the scientific content of a newspaper article. Three reader profiles were identified (the credulous reader, the ideological reader and the critical reader). No significant differences were found in reading profiles in terms of age or scientific knowledge. The findings show that the activity helped to link science learning in school with facts relating to an actual context, particularly in the case of students with more science knowledge.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Mass Media, News Reporting, Information Sources, Newspapers, Critical Reading, Scientific and Technical Information, Secondary School Students, Profiles, Persuasive Discourse, Energy Education, Reading Assignments, Cohort Analysis, Difficulty Level, Educational Strategies, Content Area Reading, Content Analysis, Knowledge Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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