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Sinatra, Gale M.; Lombardi, Doug – Educational Psychologist, 2020
When individuals have questions about scientific issues, they often search the Internet. Evaluating sources of information and claims they find has become more difficult in the post-truth era. Students are often taught source evaluation techniques, but the proliferation of "fake news" has resulted in a misinformation arms race. As…
Descriptors: Evaluative Thinking, Information Sources, Evidence, Internet
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Lombardi, Doug; Nussbaum, E. Michael; Sinatra, Gale M. – Educational Psychologist, 2016
Plausibility judgments rarely have been addressed empirically in conceptual change research. Recent research, however, suggests that these judgments may be pivotal to conceptual change about certain topics where a gap exists between what scientists and laypersons find plausible. Based on a philosophical and empirical foundation, this article…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Models, Concept Formation, Cognitive Processes
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Ryu, Suna; Lombardi, Doug – Educational Psychologist, 2015
This article characterizes "engagement in science learning" from a sociocultural perspective and offers a mixed method approach to measuring engagement that combines critical discourse analysis (CDA) and social network analysis (SNA). Conceptualizing engagement from a sociocultural perspective, the article discusses the advantages of a…
Descriptors: Coding, Classroom Communication, Language Usage, Sociocultural Patterns
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Sinatra, Gale M.; Heddy, Benjamin C.; Lombardi, Doug – Educational Psychologist, 2015
Engagement is one of the hottest research topics in the field of educational psychology. Research shows that multifarious benefits occur when students are engaged in their own learning, including increased motivation and achievement. However, there is little agreement on a concrete definition and effective measurement of engagement. This special…
Descriptors: Science Education, Learner Engagement, Measurement Techniques, Measurement Objectives