Fostering Students' Evaluation Behaviour while Searching the Internet

Walraven, A., Brand-Gruwel, S. & Boshuizen, H. P. A.

The study used a quasi-experimental design to examine the effect of an intervention for teaching students how to evaluate social studies content on the Internet. Students in four 9th -grade classes participated in the intervention and students in one class were in the control condition. The intervention teachers taught students how to use different strategies to search and evaluate Internet search results related to World War II. Students were encouraged to apply these skills in other settings. Students in the intervention condition were found to outperform students in the control condition on evaluation skills and content knowledge. However, the evaluation skills were not transferred to other settings or content areas. 

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