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Assessing Educational Resources
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Big companies and individuals have agendas to complete that they use to attempt to give us false information. We need to be smart researchers find false information in order to be good problem solvers or researchers.
Information and problems usually come to use big-picture form. A lot of times we try to tackle these big issues or only look at issues in large form. The issue is, we can very rarely solve or completely look at the issues. We need to try to solve the small problems we can control and look at small parts of false information.
If we can see past problems and false information, we can find the roots of problems and false information. Information or problems can be camouflaged by our preconceptions, to get past these we need to know how to look at information is a simple way.
Sometimes we need to do the research ourselves in order to find correct answers. We need to test our theories and cross-check results.
The only way we can figure out the cause of a problem is to get to the root of it. If we do not research and actually find the real problem, we will live in misconceptions and possibly cause problems for future researchers.
Know where your information is coming from
Be aware of tools that can be used for good research
Understand that not all research tools are the same i.e. Google is different from JSTOR
Look at the time frame and location of information
Know author purpose and credentials
P, purpose, we need to know if the author is objective or has ulterior motives. We need to know what the author's motives are and why they are claiming what they are claiming.
A, accuracy, the source should match what we already know about a topic and the claims should be relevant and accepted by others. We should see if the author cited their sources or are just making up details.
C, currency, we need to make sure the information is current. Having current information is important because studies and understanding can change over time.
A, authority, who wrote this source and have they been reviewed and accepted by the larger academic community? Has there been research done to prove or disprove the authors point? These are questions we must ask ourselves when looking at the authority or a source.
R, relevance, we need to find research that is reliable and relevance to our study. The research should be at the reading level of the subject or study we are conducting.
Think Like a Freak
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