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ERIC Number: EJ793151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Guiding Independence: Developing a Research Tool to Support Student Decision Making in Selecting Online Information Sources
Baildon, Rindi; Baildon, Mark
Reading Teacher, v61 n8 p636-647 May 2008
The development and use of a research tool to guide fourth-grade students' use of information sources during a research project is described in this article. Over a period of five weeks, 21 fourth-grade students in an international school in Singapore participated in a study investigating the extent to which the use of a "research resource guide" improved their independence in the research process. Findings indicate that students became more independent as a result of their use of the research guide. Students demonstrated greater consideration of a source's readability, trustworthiness, and usefulness when deciding whether to use it. The authors describe approaches to support students in making determinations about the readability, trustworthiness, and usefulness of sources of information. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore