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Helping Students Think Critically about Internet Sources

Daniel Willingham

Our highest hope for schooling is teaching students to think critically; we don’t want them just to learn factual content, we want them to evaluate and integrate what they read and learn. That’s more challenging in the Internet era, with tidal waves of accurate and inaccurate information; how much the more so today, with so many students working independently. In this talk I will explain, from a cognitive perspective, the difficulty of getting students to evaluate information. I will suggest curricular and instructional strategies to address these difficulties.