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ERIC Number: EJ1220094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0553
How Good Is This Page? Benefits and Limits of Prompting on Adolescents' Evaluation of Web Information Quality
Macedo-Rouet, Mônica; Potocki, Anna; Scharrer, Lisa; Ros, Christine; Stadtler, Marc; Salmerón, Ladislao; Rouet, Jean-François
Reading Research Quarterly, v54 n3 p299-321 Jul-Sep 2019
The authors examined adolescents' detection of features that affect the quality of web information. In experiment 1, participants (12-16 years old) rated the goodness/usefulness of four web-like documents for a simulated study assignment. Each document came with an issue that potentially undermined its quality. Two documents had source-related issues (i.e., noncompetent author, outdated), and the other two documents had content-related issues (i.e., topic mismatch, poor readability). Most students failed to notice the issues, including topic mismatch. The participants also produced inconsistent evaluations of topic match, readability, author competence, and currency. In experiment 2, students were prompted to assess each criterion separately. The participants distinguished poorer from better documents in relation to each criterion, except for author competence. The authors discuss these results in light of previous research on adolescents' evaluation behavior, propose further avenues for reading research, and articulate recommendations for educational practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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