Information evaluation and the individual's cognitive state: Some insights from a study of British teenaged users

Andrew Shenton, Alison Pickard, Andrew Johnson

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Abstract

This paper explores, on the basis of their cognitive states, the likely inclinations of a group of young people in England with regard to evaluating Web-based information. The work draws on data submitted via an online questionnaire by 82 16–18 year-olds. Frequency counts were generated and each participant received a ‘trust disposition’ score according to their questionnaire responses. The results present a mixed picture in terms of the probable tendencies of young people to evaluate information. The participants’ data in relation to some of the issues addressed in the questionnaire suggest that they may be inclined to accept much of what they see without challenging it, although few of their overall trust disposition scores are significantly high.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-316
JournalIFLA Journal
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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