Assessing Educational Resources (Currency (When was it published, updated,…
Assessing Educational Resources
When was it published, updated, and/or revised?
Is there an objective stand point or a particular bias? Does the author inform or explain?
Buck argues that critical thinking is a teachable skill but you must have the background knowledge to go along with it.
After15 years of research Hattie explains how to use visual learning interventions and guides educators through lesson planning that includes student motivations, curriculum, cognitive and teaching strategies, and classroom management.
This article was written to explain how quality questioning looks in a classroom of young learners. Research results found that questions that produced the most engagement included theme, character, and subjects related to students lives.
Who is the intended audience for this source?
Many of the sources are secondary, which analyze books that support the author's explanation how critical thinking needs to go hand in hand with knowledge-based learning.
Any educator who want to know how maximize achievement for their students would benefit reading this book. Hattie goes step by step how to implement visual learning.
This book gives a lot of insight to my question of: What does critical thinking and higher order questioning look like for younger learners? Educators of young students can learn from the research done with teacher practices.
Who are the authors and the publishers? What are their credentials, reputation, and affiliations?
Daniel Buck is a public schools teacher in Wisconsin and contributor to the Foundation for Economic Education, Quillette, and elsewhere.
Hattie and his team worked for 12 years developing an assessing and reporting system for Ne Zealand schools. He is a professor at the university of Melbourne.
D. Peterson is part of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research at the University of Minnesota
Was information well organized? Were there appropriate graphics? Good grammar?
The text flows and is organized by headings that tell the reader what subtopics will be discussed next.
The chapters are titled according to content matter and Hattie gives reference to figures that are clearly labeled.
The article has easy to follow details of how the research was conducted. Following the explanation of the research, results were clearly stated and specific examples were given about how to have a quality discussion with young students.
Can you verify the claims in other sources? How many sources are cited?
The embedded links bring you to the Amazon website to order the cited book, but not to the actual text where the author originally found his information.
Hattie sources included citations throughout the text. Much of the information gathered is a primary source stemming from his research while writing the book,
Over 50 sources cited in the article.
Buck, D. (2020, January).Critical thinking is nothing without knowledge.
, Retrieved from
Hattie, J. (2012).
Visible learning for teachers: Maximizing impact on learning
. Abingdon, Oxen: Routledge
Peterson, D.S. (2019).Engaging elementary students in higher order talk and writing about text.
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 19
(1), 34–54. Retrieved from
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