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ERIC Number: EJ1419999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2024
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
EISSN: EISSN-1943-4898
Combining Different Inoculation Types to Increase Student Engagement and Build Resilience against Science Misinformation
Melanie Trecek-King; John Cook
Journal of College Science Teaching, v53 n1 p1-6 2024
Inoculation theory, which applies the biological concept of vaccination to misinformation, provides a range of ways to effectively build resilience against misinformation. In this article, we define and organize the various types of inoculation, which includes three delivery mechanisms that can be useful in the classroom--passive, active, and experiential. In passive inoculations, students passively receive inoculating messages, whereas in active inoculations, students actively generate misinformation using misleading techniques. We introduce a new category of inoculation--experiential--which involves misleading students and then debriefing them on how they were misled. We then describe how these three techniques were implemented in a general education science class designed to teach critical thinking and science literacy. Through these activities, we illustrate how the different types of inoculation can be creatively combined to maximize student engagement and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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